London-based band Beaty Heart have a new video out and I'm very into it. Here are a few things you should know about them, as well as a few things you can learn from this video:
1. Beaty Heart formed some years ago at Goldsmiths University, which is the very same university that saw the beginnings of Blur. It's very arty down there in New Cross, south London, and cheap. Don't talk about gentrification though. It's happening, but you'll upset the locals.
2. Their pysch-pop is a blend of skippy beats, nimble guitars, joyful melodies, and falsetto yelps. If you have any love for Tanlines, Animal Collective or, to a lesser extent, Vampire Weekend, you will find this ditty a pleasurable listen.
3. On a tangent, it also reminds me of the theme tune to True Romance, which is always worth a re-watch. 4. As this trio went to art college, they're rightfully preoccupied by the visuals they put out alongside their music. Which explains this video…
5. There's no shame in blending in with the background—in fact Beaty Heart encourage it.
6. Clashing patterns are very chic.
7. Beaty Heart don't like shoes, however Noisey does encourage footwear.
8. There was no banana bread featured in this video. It is unclear how much, if any, was consumed in the making of either the video or the song, but I wouldn't mind a slice of it right now.
9. That "no white after Labor Day" rule is very dumb indeed and Beaty Heart unknowingly flaunt their rebellious spirit by flagrantly ignoring it. Also they're British so this silly style maxim doesn't apply to them. Nevertheless, we should all take a leaf out of their books. 10. Beaty Heart are coming to the States this month, where they will be touring with JUNGLE, which is basically a two-for-one deal you can't beat.
“Banana Bread” is lifted from their latest LP Mixed Blessings, out now via Nusic Sounds/Caroline.
Beaty Heart Tour Dates September
19 THE FONDA THEATRE Los Angeles CA ∞
20 BELLY UP TAVERN Solana Beach CA ∞
22 THE CRESCENT BALLROOM Phoenix AZ ∞
24 THE MOHAWK Austin TX ∞
25 FITZGERALD'S Housten TX ∞
26 REPUBLIC New Orleans LA ∞
27 TERMINAL WEST Atlanta GA ∞
28 EXIT IN Nashville TN ∞
30 BLACK CAT Washington DC ∞
01 WARSAW Brooklyn NY ∞
02 IRVING PLAZA New York NY ∞
03 THE SINCLAIR Boston MA ∞
∞ = w/ Jungle
Kim is wearing all white and eating banana bread right now. She's on Twitter - @theKTB