For most bands, allowing your drummer to sit out a coveted White Heat headline slot so he can catch up on coursework would be pretty disastrous. But for Beaty Heart – four exuberant, flaxen-haired waifs who say “we’re from Peckham” but mean “we’re from a very famous art college near Peckham” – this blow ‘tis merely a scratch, because they’re still left with two drummers, plus a formidable sample bank. Needless to say, it’s a heart that beats with all the fluttering gusto of a juvenile summer romance, incorporating Animal Collective’s squelchy ‘Merriweather…’ sound palette and – well, not a whole lot else, if we’re honest.
Vocals come in joyous bursts and yelps of broken falsetto, loaded with reverb and half-hidden in the waterfall of toms and toybox synths. Points must be awarded for a successful transition from the super-dense, sample-heavy recorded tracks to a proper live show, with a singer who can actually sing and plenty of sweat and kinetic energy. But Beaty Heart might still need to prove they can escape the long shadow cast by AnCo. Meanwhile, check out the riotous carnival vibes of ‘2Good’, just released on Loose Lips Records.
By Chal Ravens
Originally published in issue 29 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. June 2011