‘Old Universe’ by Donald Beaman | New Album, ‘Fog On Mirror Glass’

Uncategorized May 23, 2024

‘Old Universe’ by Donald Beaman | New Album, ‘Fog On Mirror Glass’

Exclusive track premiere of ‘Old Universe’ by Donald Beaman, taken from his upcoming album, ‘Fog On Mirror Glass,’ out June 14, 2024, via Royal Oakie Records.

Donald Beaman’s latest offering, ‘Fog On Mirror Glass,’ marks a departure from his previous work, ushering in a new sonic landscape. Departing from full-band arrangements, Beaman opted for a more intimate approach, recording the bulk of the album in his own living room. With longtime collaborator Kirt Lind behind the production helm, the album captures the raw essence of Beaman’s songwriting process, untouched and unfiltered.

The album’s sound is deeply rooted in its surroundings, with the natural reverb of Beaman’s living room becoming its defining sonic signature. Sparse instrumentation, including guitars, keyboards, accordion, and backing vocals, delicately adorn Beaman’s heartfelt lyrics, showcasing his songwriting prowess in its purest form.

Each track unfolds with a measured pace, weaving elegiac narratives with elemental arrangements that evoke a sense of jazz-like expressiveness. From the haunting melodies of ‘Glass Bottom Boat,’ written during Beaman’s time in New York City, to the ethereal guitar work on the title track featuring longtime collaborator Ken Lovgren, the album offers a captivating journey through Beaman’s musical evolution.

‘Old Universe,’ propelled by the rhythmic brushwork of drummer Michael Nalin and the spirited bass playing of Kirt Lind, stands as a testament to Beaman’s ability to craft immersive sonic landscapes. The album culminates with the stripped-back intimacy of ‘Bamboo,’ a poignant closing statement that leaves a lasting impression.

Having previously released four acclaimed albums and shared the stage with the likes of Jonathan Richman, Sharon Van Etten, and TV On The Radio, Beaman’s musical journey has taken him from the bustling streets of New York City to the serene landscapes of Northern California. With ‘Fog On Mirror Glass,’ Beaman continues to push the boundaries of his craft, cementing his place as a formidable force in the indie music scene.

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