HEAVEN LIMOUSINE “Beauty and the Beast” (self-released)

I’m not quite sure how to start this one, this tape eludes description in so many ways. So I’ll just dive right in and try to get a sense of it across. The music consists of fairly straightforward keyboard progressions, with the occasional drum machine beat or sample to accompany. It has a lo-fi bedroom quality to it in the best way. I like the feel of the instrumentation on this release. It has a drifting, frequently eerie quality to it. But I think it’s fair to say that the focal point of this project is the vocals.

The lyrical content bounces around between surrealism and a sort of ultra-personal storytelling. And the delivery somehow matches perfectly. It’s somewhere between spoken word style poetry and a folksy-indie sing-songy approach that is difficult to put into words (if you couldn’t tell). The vocals are all over the place lyrically and sonically, but not in a bad way. There is a rambling nature to it but without ever losing coherence. It’s a faerie-driven stream-of-consciousness monologue that leaves you scrambled at worst and dumbfoundedly introspective at best. It just might be the fuzzed-out therapysynth session you didn’t even know you needed. One thing I can say for certain about this music is that it’s intensely original and genuine. 


--James Searfoss