It's been a busy year for Michael Beach. March of 2011 saw the release of his first single since relocating to San Francisco from Australia. "A Horse" was a clear display of the versatility he has become known for after multiple releases with Melbourne’s Electric Jellyfish (Ecstatic Yod/Twin Lakes) and was received with glowing reviews.
Since then, Beach has been busy touring Europe, Australia, and the US--both alone and with Electric Jellyfish--and recording a mini-album titled Mountains + Valleys and a full-length due out in the fall of 2012. For these latest recordings, Beach assembled an all-star cast of West Coast musicians, including drummer Utrillo Kushner (Comets On Fire, Colossal Yes) and Raymond Raposa (Castanets) on guitar and vocals. Recorded by Trans Am’s Phil Manley, Mountains + Valleys has the same familiar feeling of intimacy on previous Michael Beach releases, mixed with an intensity reminiscent of early Sonic Youth and Sebadoh tunes. This one saw its official release in November as a limited-edition cassette (100) and sold out by the end of the year. Downloads are still available on Twin Lakes/Spectacular Commodity.
Australian tastemaker Mess and Noise described Beach's debut LP Blood Courses as “timeless.” With his current output, Beach engages all of the emotions of a man exiled from his adopted home to further push his reputation as an honest and confrontational songwriter.
Listen to his entire catalogue here.