Listen: Beat Connection - The Palace Garden

The band have popped us together a track by track guide to their 12-track LP alongside an exclusive stream.

With the dust still not quite settled from the release of their first EP, Beat Connection are back with their debut full length, ‘The Palace Garden’ due out next week via Tender Age/Moshi Moshi. Now a fully fledged four-piece, we had the band pop us together a track by track guide to their 12-track LP alongside an exclusive stream.

1. New Criteria
How do you enter a mood? What happens between the moment the lights go out and the dream starts?

2. The Palace Garden, 4am
So here you are, somewhere you shouldn’t be, it’s better than you could imagine and it’s only fleeting. A June evening, a half remembered dream. The palace garden is a place where the grass is actually greener, but you can never stay for long. Suppose this song is the overture for the album, the initial setting which the imagined protagonist strives to return to. There is an implicit narrative arc in this album, never fully revealed for the listener, but there nonetheless.

3. Saola
The Saola is one of the rarest mammals known to man and not one has ever been studied live in the wild by a scientist. This animal is technically an antelope which resides in parts of southern Asia, it is known only by momentary glimpses. Every Saola that has ever been captured has died almost instantly while in captivity, an unusual trait. ‘Well, well, I guess that’s life/You can’t pick out the pieces that you don’t like.’ You have to have it all, but there is no good or bad, only different. You could never miss anything if you had everything.

4. Oeuvreboard
What can be said, here is when Saturday night becomes Sunday morning, when the reality begins to creep back in. The haze of the night before merges with the haze of the present.

5. Invisible Cities
Based in part on the novel of the same name by Italo Calvino, this song has to do with imaginary potentiality. There is an infinite potential in what has not yet happened, and what you imagine could be, or could have been. An endless number of possibilities exist to describe the past present and future and an equivalently vast number of possibilities exist for their inherent reality. And this is a pop song that tries to say this, how do you interpret that? What is the implication of confining a philosophical idea to a commercialised pop song?

6. Trap House
Our best attempt at the metallic sound of industry. A midi controlled teardrop amidst a major chord pop record. Hi hats and 808 snare hits populate a new landscape for the record, the trap house, named for various reasons, not a place to stay for too long, but ultimately an important counter point, which leads us onwards.

7. Think/Feel
‘Think/Feel’ represents the emotional turning point of this album. The title and the lyrical content suggest a dichotomy of interrelated and inseparable ends. Chelsey Scheffe lends her wonderful vocals to this track, which details an inner monologue. Anything preventing you from achieving what you want is internal, it’s based on your perspective. If no one told you something was impossible, there would be no reason not to try for it. Don’t think too much, it’s about balance, emotion and logic are inseparable. One requires the other; they each require themselves.

8. The Foreign Embassy
A brief respite and a palate cleanser of a track: simply an aesthetically pleasing reprieve, an intermission to bring you to the final movement of the play.

9. Further Out
‘So close, so close, so far away’, this is the guiding principle of this song. A goal never to be met is a goal to attempt. Perception is reality; if I truly believe something, if I perceive it to be true, then I operate under that assumption and incorporate it into my reality. If you believe the opposite with as much conviction then your reality is different than mine. We are living in parallel, overlapping realities. We are so close to one another, but so far away.

10. Other Side of The Sky
The other side of the sky is a highly visual metaphor for the same location that the palace garden represents. It is the imagined setting to the best moment that you could dream up, but clearly somewhere that does not exist. Unless no one told you it didn’t.

11. Sometimes Wonder
Another pop song loaded with questions and doubt, crammed into 4 minutes of major key four on the floor pretention. “I sometimes wonder/I ask the questions/and you repeat the lines”; what makes us do what we do, what makes us different from one another? ‘I remember when I didn’t need proof’; in essence this song is about the realisation that there is no real purpose to life, although different societies keep feeding us all bogus answers.

12. En Route
This one is about accepting, returning to reality, or returning to somewhere different, this is the final leg of the journey that we supposed earlier was endless. This song is about the journey back to the palace garden, back to the other side of the sky. Places you will see on this trip but you will never arrive at, especially if you lose track of the trip leading you there.

Beat Connection’s new album ‘The Palace Garden’ will be released on 6th August via Tender Age / Moshi Moshi.