Heavenly Beat Premieres New Single “Honest” On Pitchfork, ‘Prominence’Out October 15th

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Heavenly Beat will be releasing its sophomore effort Prominence on October 15th via Captured Tracks. Last week Pitchfork premiered the second single “Honest”, which can be streamed below. Check out additional details below. This is exactly the kind of laid back, indie pop I needed to get my Saturday started so I hope you will enjoy it as well.

Yesterday Heavenly Beat shared “Honest”, the second single from his forthcoming album, Prominence (out October 15th).

Pitchfork premiered the track, saying Peña “is true to his nom de plume here”, as steel drum beats looped around delicate guitar plucks and maudlin harmonica notes create a blissful atmosphere. However, his lyrical sharpness and “very adult self-flagellation cuts against the wistful, breezy sound”, helping the song avoid being overtly sweet and assert Heavenly Beat as more than just heavenly beats.

Click Here To Listen To “Honest” On Pitchfork

 

Prominence Tracklisting

1. Lengths
2. Complete
3. Familiar
4. Expectation
5. Thin
6. Honest
7. Forever
8. Stable
9. Prominence

 

Prominence is the 2nd full length in as many years from Texas transplant John Pena. After shelving a full length’s worth of songs for not being sonically or emotionally interesting enough it was recorded/mixed over the first few months of 2013 in the same apartment (after a failed attempt to mix in a “real” studio) as last year’s Talent.

Using Primitive Radio God’s “Standing Outside A Broken Telephone Booth With Money In My Hand” as a sonic touch point John built a new album from the ground up. He utilized chopped/sampled drum breaks and, for the first time, some non-laptop based keyed instruments (piano, mellotron) along with H.B. main stays classical guitar and steel drums. Live members Christian Barsi and Daniel Schlett of Strange Weather Studio both contributed keys to a few songs, but the outcome is still very much a solo sounding project.

Arrangements are where Prominence shines. Managing to sound inventive and not quite like anything else with such a limited palette is a rare and commendable feat. From the slide guitar and pulsing nylon string samples of “Honest”, to the flamingo call and deep kick combo of the 2nd half of “Complete” Heavenly Beat keeps the whole affair sounding fresh, interesting and natural.

Lyrically, Prominence is not an escapist affair. It’s a very direct look into someone dealing with poor body image (Thin), infidelity (Honest) and emotional/physical/sexual recklessness (Prominence). It’s not asking or answering any questions. Just existing within itself, fully aware of its shortcomings.

 

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