Beauty Pill - Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are

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out tomorrow, streaming here (pardon the self-promotion that i wrote the accompanying article):
http://noisey.vice.com/blog/beauty-pill-describes-things-as-they-are-interview-profile-2015

probably my favorite album of the year so far

some dude, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 00:24 (two years ago) Permalink

wau

mookieproof, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 00:24 (two years ago) Permalink

SOUNDS great, the songs aren't really clicking for me yet but it sounds like a many-listen type deal

fuck me, archipelago (Simon H.), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 00:54 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah the tunes can take some time to sneak up on you, "For Pretend" and "Near Miss Stories" and "Afrikaner Barista" are the hookiest ones for me. the production definitely is kind of the big thing about it, though, the dolby mixes were so ridiculous i wish that more people had an opportunity to hear them.

some dude, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 01:03 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAF1eELjxzM

mookieproof, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 01:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Really glad this finally came out - seemed for a long time like he'd never put anything out again.

I wish I knew how to appreciate the production stuff more - I bought the Cigarette Girl reissue vinyl and it came with a download of some file format that doesn't seem to show up in my iTunes, which is the precise point where the audio fetish stuff becomes kind of a hassle for me.

But yes - excited to hear this. Smart Went Crazy were deeply underrated, I always thought.

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:56 (two years ago) Permalink

love this record after one listen

adam, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:26 (two years ago) Permalink

i can't believe how right this sounds on first listen, as stated above.

irl sweatpants (Hunt3r), Sunday, 26 April 2015 22:26 (two years ago) Permalink

http://clatl.com/cribnotes/archives/2015/03/28/thor-harris-of-swans-weighs-in-on-beauty-pill-describes-things-as-they-are

he's right the production is very early-90s tchad blake style, the whole effect is a prettified/melodic soul coughing at times.

irl sweatpants (Hunt3r), Monday, 27 April 2015 16:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Kind of hit and miss song-wise

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2015 19:32 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm a fan of violinist/keyboardist/vocalist Jean Cook who has also been performing with Jon Langford of the Mekons for a bit.

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2015 19:36 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

the highs on this album are absolutely incredible

it feels like the album indie could have been

probably.tasteful.forever (imago), Thursday, 31 December 2015 01:43 (one year ago) Permalink

'ann the word', 'steven and tiwonge' and 'dog with rabbit in mouth, unharmed' (so far) are all just…monstrous

probably.tasteful.forever (imago), Thursday, 31 December 2015 01:45 (one year ago) Permalink

glad you dig it!

i got a really big steen, and they need some really big zings (some dude), Thursday, 31 December 2015 01:51 (one year ago) Permalink

is that a second otm inside a week lol

thanks for repping this and your vice writeup. really glad i became aware of this band

probably.tasteful.forever (imago), Thursday, 31 December 2015 01:52 (one year ago) Permalink

no prob! have you ever heard Smart Went Crazy's Con Art? much more guitar-driven than Beauty Pill but still very creative in its arrangements.

i got a really big steen, and they need some really big zings (some dude), Thursday, 31 December 2015 01:59 (one year ago) Permalink

nope but now i'm gonna have to

just finishing this album now

second 'ann the word' is…too much, my god, it's amazing

weirdly the album's first two tracks weren't so immediate but i persisted and the rest has been staggering

probably.tasteful.forever (imago), Thursday, 31 December 2015 02:06 (one year ago) Permalink

of course now i've listened to the first two tracks again and yeah ok the whole album is amazing

probably.tasteful.forever (imago), Thursday, 31 December 2015 02:16 (one year ago) Permalink

oh this is the best album ever, was trying to remember if there was a thread while I was listening to it today

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 December 2015 04:16 (one year ago) Permalink

the highs on this album are absolutely incredible

Yep, but then unfortunately there are a few other more self-indulgent cuts that lose me

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2015 13:20 (one year ago) Permalink

the shorter version of the album that was displayed as a museum installation in 2012 and started with "Afrikaner Barista" and ended with "Near Miss Stories" probably would've been a little more perfect but i love the long woolly version of the album in and of itself.

i got a really big steen, and they need some really big zings (some dude), Thursday, 31 December 2015 15:18 (one year ago) Permalink

dang this is something

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 31 December 2015 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

my favorite song is "when cornered" which is probably the closest this record gets to post-hardcore

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 December 2015 18:00 (one year ago) Permalink

but also when i was talking about this album the other day i figured out i associated it with scritti politti (in the fractured composition production but also generally soundwise it kinda reminds me of anomie and bonhomie) and prefab sprout (idk chad clark's gentle deadpan delivery kinda reminds me of paddy) so this record's kind of a weird singularity for me

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 December 2015 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://octave.is/beautypill/jump-they-say

maura, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:42 (one year ago) Permalink

link not working for me

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 February 2016 17:37 (one year ago) Permalink

it was a temporary upload

some dude, Saturday, 13 February 2016 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Bleh. Had emailed myself the link when Maura(?) posted it on Twitter as I'm only now in a position to listen to anything ... coughcoughYSIcough? :/

etc, Saturday, 13 February 2016 21:05 (one year ago) Permalink

How did I not listen to this album before now. It is the best music ever.

Tim F, Sunday, 14 February 2016 00:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Was trying to work out why this album made me feel like 2001. Then I realised it was because it's like The Dismemberment Plan's Change meets Bows' Cassidy meets The Beta Band's The Hot Shots II.

Tim F, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:17 (one year ago) Permalink

v on-point comparisons. think beauty pill is more intricate still

odysseus (imago), Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Well it's like it takes the intricacy of all of them and sacrifices nothing in the blending.

Tim F, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:50 (one year ago) Permalink

yes!

odysseus (imago), Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Imago-Tim F accord of 2016

Tim F, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Dp you like Game Theory / The Loud Family? I feel like that is spiritually similar to this if not sonically.

Tim F, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Will check it/them out! fwiw we accorded on quite a few things last year, and the KING albun is my record of 2016 so far...

odysseus (imago), Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:13 (one year ago) Permalink

So as not to derail this excellent Beauty Pill thread I will post something represent elsewhere.

Tim F, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Was trying to work out why this album made me feel like 2001. Then I realised it was because it's like The Dismemberment Plan's Change meets Bows' Cassidy meets The Beta Band's The Hot Shots II.

― Tim F, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 5:17 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you might already realize this but Chad Clark produced most of the Dismemberment Plan's albums!

some dude, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 12:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I read that after I had made the connection in my head and felt ashamed of my brain for being so obvious.

Tim F, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 12:12 (one year ago) Permalink

lol

some dude, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 12:27 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

was a huge fan of smart went crazy's 'con art' and beauty pill's 'cigarrette girl from the future' EP, but their first album was such a bore i just forgot about them. it felt like they were aiming to that sort of dave fridmann empty(?) grandeur that basically defined his production work on mercury rev/flaming lips albums and ended up with something bloated and ultimately tuneless.

this album is amazing.

rusty_allen, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:23 (one year ago) Permalink

i think The Unsustainable Lifestyle is a really good and fascinating and misunderstood album, especially lyrically, but yeah, it's not on the same level as Con Art or Describes

some dude, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:49 (one year ago) Permalink

^^ tbh, i never listened to the album since then, and at the time i didn't really gave it that much of a chance.

rusty_allen, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I discovered Describes in late February and have been kicking my own ass ever since: the album I wished I'd heard in 2015.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:54 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

http://www.beautypill.com/schedule/

WED. APRIL 26, 2017 | ARTO LINDSAY & BEAUTY PILL | ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE | PORTLAND, ME $18

THURS. APRIL 27, 2017 | ARTO LINDSAY & BEAUTY PILL | ONCE BALLROOM | SOMERVILLE, MA $20

FRI. APRIL 28, 2017 | ARTO LINDSAY & BEAUTY PILL | BELL HOUSE | BROOKLYN, NY $20

SAT. APRIL 29, 2017 | ARTO LINDSAY & BEAUTY PILL | BLACK CAT | WASHINGTON, DC $20

SUN. APRIL 30, 2017 | ARTO LINDSAY & BEAUTY PILL | BOOT & SADDLE | PHILADELPHIA, PA $20

Plus he wrote liner notes for the new Arto Lindsay album coming out in APril

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 February 2017 19:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I've had this back in rotation the past month and it is sooo good

KPH, Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:24 (three months ago) Permalink

it really really holds up, last five tracks are an especially amazing run

imago, Monday, 24 July 2017 15:21 (three months ago) Permalink

think 'dog with rabbit in mouth, unharmed' is my pick these days

imago, Monday, 24 July 2017 15:21 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

listening to king krule's new album, reflecting on how if it weren't rubbish it might sound a bit like this album

imago, Saturday, 11 November 2017 17:46 (one week ago) Permalink


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