ICYMI, Beauty Pill released the soundtrack to a play called "suicide. chat. room." It's called "Sorry You're Here." Created a decade ago, but still sounds futuristic, I think. Leap ahead and build it to last. That's my steez. (I just made that up.) Make it yours. - c https://bit.ly/2KZT8BV
When meeting strangers, I generally answer the “What do you do?” question with “I am engineer.” It’s not a lie (I am a recording engineer) and it sounds dull enough that people don’t ask follow up questions. This way I avoid the “I make music/I’m in a band” discussion. Sometimes people figure it out anyway. A few years ago, my evangelical neighbor googled me, bought my band’s CD, listened to the first song, then returned it to me, scandalized by the cursing. (The fifth word on the album is “fucker.”) When I say “returned it to me,” this dude literally dropped it on my doorstep. With a note taped, sternly expressing his distaste for the swearing. As if I had sold it to him! As if I had said “Hello, I am in a band called Beauty Pill and you should definitely buy our latest compact disc via Amazon.com. Thanks.” I wanted to give it back to him and say “I’m afraid you’ve mistaken me for someone else. But THANKS, this album is GENIUS!” - c
Beauty Pill's fabled Grace Kelly stamp t-shirt is available to buy online for the first time. Make it yours. https://beautypill.bandcamp.com/merch/beauty-pill-grace-kelly-stamp-t-shirt
There’s a track on this album called “At A Loss,” constructed from a lofi recording of me improvising “jazz chords” (in quotes because I don’t know how to play jazz) on the piano. I printed the recording to 1/4” tape and manually manipulated the tape and then printed the result back to my MPC. Next I chopped up the recordings to capture single chord fragments. I triggered those fragments with the MPC pads. As a play, “suicide.chat.room” provoked an unnerving sensation of vertigo. Marcus Kyd’s script was constructed from verbatim transcripts of early-internet Usenet support groups for suicidal people. And when I say “support groups,” it’s not support in the way you might hope! Marc used their ACTUAL real words and sometimes even user names. It’s kind of shocking stuff. Paulina Guerrero’s convulsive choreography also had a vertiginous character to it. So I tried to capture that in the “wilting” vibe of the music. I’m happy with the result. The most striking sound on this piece comes at the end. It is mysterious to me. (This music was made a decade ago, I don’t remember how I did a lot of it.) It sounds like a car skidding slow motion into a downward spiral. Or something. I don’t know how that happened, but I’m impressed with 2010 Me. 2010 Me had a lot of ingenuity, apparently. - c
“Describes Things As They Are” double red vinyl gatefold edition is now available in a very limited quantity at Dischord. If interested, I advise you to act quickly. The record is also streaming once again. And it is now artist-owned. We are FREE. This is all good news. But it is just the beginning of good news for BP fans this summer. New music. New art projects. New collaborations. All very soon. - c
Make it yours. https://bit.ly/2w7YSRi
Sometime next week, Beauty Pill “Describes Things As They Are” will be available again via streaming platforms (Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal etc.) As of now, it is exclusive to Bandcamp. But starting soon, you will be able to access it anywhere you listen to music. Additionally, next week Dischord Records will have a limited number of copies of the double vinyl record. We will announce this when they announce it. You will want to order fast. The vinyl edition of this record is truly lovely — a full gatefold, red and clear vinyl — and it may sell out quickly. cheers, c
Our cherry blossom piece seems to be even more popular this year. Thank you to everyone who has purchased it! However -- fair warning -- it's an exclusively seasonal thing and will shortly disappear for another year. If you want it, I recommend grabbing it now. Sorry, I don't make the rules. (Yes I do.)
People have been discussing the BP song “Dog With Rabbit In Mouth, Unharmed” on Twitter. I almost forgot that Brian Libby has documentary film of the Colin Stetson and Zeena Parkins session. You can observe Zeena’s organic, improvised magic here. You can also observe Joel Hamilton’s delicate rapport as producer. He understands her power and guides her only very gently. He mostly leaves her a dignified space to create. Very smart.
I started this series on Twitter called #songreasons. Basically answering questions about the content and process behind Beauty Pill songs. I try to do one song/day, depending on time availability and my mood. So far I have done Copyists The Idiot Heart Afrikaner Barista Exit Without Saving You, Yes You The Mule On The Plane I guess I’m building a searchable archive. Eventually I will do an entry for all the songs. Right now I’m doing it by requests and polling. This is how you can access it: If you want to learn background info for “Afrikaner Barista,” just do a Twitter search for #songreasons #afrikanerbarista. The thread should appear. Scroll up to the first post. There you have it.