Beaty Heart, Beach Baby, Ellis Pink

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London's BEATY HEART are an eclectic, neo-psych-infused four-piece with a heavy world music and electronic pop vibe. Formed at Goldsmith College in 2010, Beaty Heart feature the talents of four percussionists/multi-instrumentalists: Josh Mitchell (vocals, guitars, electronics), Charlie Rotberg (drums, electronics), James Moruzzi (drums, vocals, electronics), and Thomas Gunning (drums, electronics, vocals). Originally conceived as an audio-visual art collective, the quartet eventually morphed into an all-out pop ensemble. In 2014, Beaty Heart released their debut full-length album, Mixed Blessings, on Caroline. Last month they returned with the fantastic sophomore album, Till The Bomb.

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Although rooted in the UK’s capital city, Beach Baby’s crisp, soaring take on apathetic alternative-pop finds it roots across Dorset and Sheffield, as well as Athens, Greece. The four-piece band – Lawrence (guitar, vocals), Ollie (guitar, keys, vocals), Iraklis (bass), and Shep (drums) – met in the musically-rich halls of Goldsmiths College in London, where the co-vocalists placed an ad looking to build on their then-folk-driven, dual songwriting partnership. Future bassist Iraklis (an Athens native) turned up dressing like a ‘50s college freshman (and swiftly got the gig), before drummer Shep completed the equation. While supporting their burgeoning pursuit with patchwork jobs ranging from a teaching assistant to feature-film script reader, the band have arrived fully formed at the distinct, occasionally dream-like sound and visuals of Beach Baby.

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Ellis Pink is a jazzy dream pop duo from Portland, OR who blends danceable beats with hypnotic keyboards and soulful vocals to create a sophisticated sound that is simultaneously melancholic and optimistic.
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