People Start Listening
People Start Listening represents a significant progression for San Francisco/Melbourne/New York City quintet Beaten by Them, who have set their creative ambitions to write and perform rock music that transcends stylistic barriers. While maintaining the sonic elements of their previous release Invisible Origins (tribal drums, synthesizers and earthshaking bass, to name a few), this new release is an altogether different proposition. It isn’t a stretch to describe it as an ambient record.
Where in previous Beaten by Them recordings you can clearly hear a band at work, the sounds in People Start Listening are often hard to identify. It’s a weird and wonderful world, where musical structures appear suddenly and then collapse into nothingness before having the chance to gather any momentum. This could be frustrating, but instead it feels like watching a strange, but cool movie.
It could be Beaten by Them’s most accessible record yet. And as is usual with this group, consisting of guitarist Andrew Harris, guitarist and keyboardist Max McCormick, cellist Boima Tucker, bassist Spencer Murray and drummer Jeff Ardziejewski, the sound is top notch. People Start Listening will apppeal to fans of progressive or experimental rock music, indeed any rock fan who has lost their appetite for the bland and unimaginative fare that is being served up these days.