The Beat Escape announce debut LP Life Is Short The Answer's Long
Long before they were a band, Montreal duo The Beat Escape took a small first step towards a longer journey at a university video class. “We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream,” say beat escapists Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin of their founding collaboration.
Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of; released through Bella Union on 27 April, the immersive Life Is Short The Answer’s Long.
Here's the first track of the LP:
If this is pop music, it’s pop that maps a singular route through electronic territory. “We’re drawn to the type of songs that were almost hits but there's something slightly off about them, so they were never discovered” explain the duo.
For The Beat Escape, this LP marks a new beginning after Boivin's work in visual arts and Weitzman's synth-pop duo Footprintz. Building on their experience DJ-ing together in a Montreal bar, the duo gained momentum when Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde heard Seeing Is Forgetting.
Duly signed, Weitzman and Boivin wrote and recorded the album in their studio above said Montreal bar and at a country house in the Laurentians. It was mixed by Finland house DJ/producer Jori Hulkkonen, who, the duo say, helped realise its “driving, expansive and painterly sound."
As for the lyrics, they mostly explore The Love Song, though the duo invite you to linger over their mysteries: “We both enjoy the process of uncovering, whereby meaning develops and reveals itself over time.”
Life Is Short the Answer’s Long tracklist:
1. Sign Of Age
2. Moon In Aquarius
3. Limestone Alps
4. Where Water Ends
5. More Dreams
6. Then I Drift Away
7. Seeing Is Forgetting
8. Thousand Pound Shoes
9. Nemo Propheta
The Beat Escape's Life is Short The Answer's Long will be released on 27 April via Bella Union.