Las Vegas, NV -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/13/2014 -- If you’re looking for an album that makes you think both in song and in lyric, Beautiful Machine’s debut full-length album, Disconnect : : Reconnect is one to grab ahold of. The record takes you on a journey through the raucous present with rich harmonies and solid beats that entice listeners to move and dance as they take it all in.
Based in San Francisco, Calif., Beautiful Machines is a quartet of talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests—all of which come together to create their complex but colorful sound. Songwriter and guitarist Conrad Schuman has played with national bands like Black Kids and Avenue D, and he has toured widely, particularly along the East Coast. In addition to touring Europe, drummer Veli Matti-Matilla dissects and constructs electronics to design his own one-of-a-kind electronic hybrid drum set that contributes a resounding, well-crafted beat foundation to the band’s music.
Bassist Van Spragins has performed extensively throughout his music career, including recording, performing and touring with Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons), Paula Cole and Duran Duran and developing bands with talented musicians such as Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant, Elton John), Steve Ferlazzo (Avril Lavigne), Ben Sesar (Brad Paisley) and Mike Mangini. Keyboardist and synth player Stef Ku is a professional sound healer, practices the art of avant garde ambient music and soundscapes and has toured audio visual media technology festivals in Asia and the Americas.
Mixing together each of these different backgrounds and sets of musical talents creates the full, rounded indie electronic sound of Beautiful Machines. They’re often compared to Depeche Mode, one of their chief musical influences, as well as Echo and the Bunnymen and U2. Individually and as a band, they have also been influenced by such groups as Goldfrapp, Massive Attack, MGMT, Air, Metric, Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails and Thievery Corporation.
You can hear these influences shine through their latest album, Disconnect : : Reconnect. In song, it is driven by soaring vocals, steady, often danceable beats and melodies you can’t turn away from. Lyrically, it’s a concept album inspired by the world and society as they currently are, and the band describes the effort as a call to action amidst the immediacy of social transformation. They cite economic disparity, political unrest, government shutdowns and other sources of negativity and confusion as inspirations for their lyrics, which share thoughts of philosophical perspectives, self-reflection, causes, love and unity.
Besides pouring their hearts and souls into this debut, full-length album, Beautiful Machines turned to seasoned pros to perfect the technical aspects of the record as well. Each of the nine songs was self-recorded by Beautiful Machines, mixed with Monte Vallier (Weekend, Young Prisms, Wax Idols) at Ruminator Studios in San Francisco and mastered at LOUD in the UK by John Dent, who has worked with several of their musical inspirations, including Goldfrapp, Massive Attack and Depeche Mode.
Their track “Tragic” will be featured on WiFi PR Group’s compilation Indie Anthems Vol. 4, which will be made available at SXSW in March 2014. Their live shows are something to behold, as they incorporate lighting and effects in fresh ways to illustrate the visual components of their music. Some of their finest performances have come out of festivals like Burning Man, Decompression and Maker Fair, and they’ve also played in such notable San Francisco venues as Slims and Mezzanine.
You can find their latest album, Disconnect : : Reconnect, and previously recorded music through a variety of digital channels, such as Amazon, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify and so on, or as physical copies available at their live shows or via online orders on Amazon, iTunes, Facebook and so on.
About Beautiful Machines Music
Beautiful Machines EP (2012)
Disconnect : : Reconnect (2013)
“Sunrise Song” Single (2014)
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