In Conversation with: Beaty Heart


Josie Durney interviewed the Peckham-bred, electro-alternative trio Beaty Heart before their sold-out show at Electrowerkz in Islington. Beaty Heart have flowed into our veins with their infectious rhythm and the arrival of their two new singles Flora and Soft Like Clay. Their vibes are comparable to the likes of Animal Collective, but ultimately hypnotising and *a bit more* graspable than their previous record Mixed Blessings. They released their new album Till The Tomb July 29th.

Could you describe your sound as a piece of food?

Josh: Mezze, like some kind of tapas, like a bit of everything, like under an umbrella, like what’s good tapas?

Charlie: Squid? Pepper fried squid

James: Pepper fried squid? Chilli garlic prawns

Charlie: Yeah, for absolute fire

Can you say how the new stuff is different from the old stuff, generally and then lyrically?

Josh:  I suppose it’s inspired by the music we write, in general it’s a lot more direct. It has a slightly darker side, maybe a bit more melancholic than the first record. It’s a lot more staccato and feels a bit more grounded in reality than the old one–lyrically and in the music as well. I feel that’s something we consciously tried to do, tried to get real a little bit, and try to make something that people could feel physically. We talked a lot about physical aspects of music and how to translate that into songs and song writing, and try to make something tangible if that’s possible.

How have you approached the new stuff differently?

Josh: It was written in a completely different way. The old record was written in jam sessions so it kind of has this joyful energy that comes from playing together…

James: …Lots of loops and repetitions because that’s kind of how you jam I guess. Whereas this one’s more structured and has more variation and development within tracks rather than just one idea over and over again.

How do you approach playing live considering everything you have in your songs?

Charlie: With this record it was written in such a different way that we hadn’t really played it fully live until it was all finished, so that was another challenge for us, working out how to go about performing these parts  together which we hadn’t done before. Our aim was to take it to another place live whereas the other one was kind of created live. We’re still working on that really, this is the first step to a new live show.

How do you approach the music videos, do you think about those when writing music or is it a completely different concept?

Charlie: I don’t know really, there’s always like visual ideas which will happen in the writing process, but I guess we see the videos as art pieces in themselves, and it’s good to develop those ideas further and visually can translate in so many different ways, and i think on this new album the most important thing was the tone of the videos and making sure aesthetically they were right. But in terms of the actual direct visual accompaniment to it wasn’t an idea from the beginning, it becomes the same thing.

Josh: I think we started this band when we were at art school as an outlet for all our other creative endeavours, like we all our visual artists in our own right. Charlie’s done the video for Flora, and actually pretty much all the videos and artwork we’ve done our selves, so it’s really important for us to have this unified aesthetic. It does play a part when we’re writing songs because we talk in visual terms, I think we’re just visual people.

Can you, collectively, describe the album in 30 seconds?

Josh: In 30 seconds? Hahah someone else start.

James: I’ll start. It’s real, it’s grounded, and it’s vibey, with tinges of darkness and tinges of light.

Charlie: It’s also pretty thuddy and it really hits you.

James: Wow this is sick, yeah digging this, see ya later.

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