Their self-declared ‘pop’ aesthetic becomes clear in this strange but alluring song. Echoes blends synth elements with ‘africanesque’ guitar lines and stark, haunting vocals, while the band’s impromptu acoustic performance video of Scorpionfish (2012) displays their core as a trio that actually plays instruments. Over the last couple of years, Beatenberg have played extensively. They’ve appeared many times at The Assembly and other prominent Cape Town clubs, and they’ve also played in more unexpected places from the TEDx Conference in Stellenbosch to AfrikaBurn on the back of a flat-bed truck. They have also done several tours to Joburg, playing shows with bands like Desmond and the Tutus and The Brother Moves On. Last year (2012), Beatenberg opened for The Tallest Man On Earth at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
This was a special concert that got a lot of people talking about them and several features in the media. They also played Rocking the Daisies (2012) and will be playing several festivals this year too, including Sowing The Seeds and Oppikoppi. 2012 brought them a deal with Universal Music, and they are currently at work on a long-awaited album, to be released at the end of the year. Beatenberg is at once familiar and inscrutable. In person, they are well-dressed, well-spoken and moderately charming.
They are not at all rock and roll. But there is definitely something strange about them. They seem to know something we don’t. Their music is once crystal clear in its vision and strangely challenging to describe.
The guitars, basslines and rhythms span several continents, the electronic sounds are from Logic Pro, the singing is from the heart and the songs are from another world. Beatenberg offers a glimpse of the eternal and the universal, but they are very definitely Cape Town 2013. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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