By Daniel Warren Hill
New York-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick J. Smith began A Beacon School in his home studio in 2009, over the years refining the sound as well as the lineup. In the latest single by A Beacon School, “Dot,” the band explores a rhythmic soundscape mingled with spirited dynamic changes. This first release by the band in three hints that there may be a new full-length album on the horizon.
“’Dot’ is a song about seeing patterns in your life emerge but feeling helpless to change them,” says Smith. “The song oscillates between these moments of unfiltered wonder and inspiration, and the immediate skepticism that follows them.”
It’s hard to top the inside scoop from the songwriter. Smith’s description of “Dot” is immaculate because even without Smith’s words describing it, the listener experiences these ‘helpless changes’ and their consequences deeply while engaging with the song. The context is clearly defined and A Beacon School does an excellent job of placing us in this moment with them.
Fans of Slowdive, Slow Pulp, and Barrie will appreciate A Beacon School’s Indie Rock and Dream Pop vibes on “Dot” and their 2018 album, “Cola.” Listen below, or find the track on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
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