Andy Beta

Andy Beta appears in the following:

First Listen: Prins Thomas, 'Principe Del Norte'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

These nine pieces expand to nearly 100 minutes of "cosmic disco" music, soundtracking a voyage into the deepest spaces of the mind.


First Listen: Benji Hughes, 'Songs In The Key Of Animals'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A master of commercial jingles, Hughes knows how to stuff his impeccably crafted AM pop songs with humor and heart, pain and delight.


First Listen: Skatebård, 'CDIII'

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Clocking in at 80 minutes, CDIII finds Skatebård having copious fun with dance-music tropes across its 11 tracks, as the producer mixes heavy beat programming with lighter touches.


First Listen: Chris Walla, 'Tape Loops'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

After 17 years in Death Cab For Cutie, Walla has a solo album full of ambient, hand-crafted, subtly enveloping instrumental music.


First Listen: Autre Ne Veut, 'Age Of Transparency'

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Arthur Ashin draws on R&B tropes in his music, but rather than soundtrack a romantic moment, the songs instead voice the anxious thoughts that surround love.


First Listen: Petite Noir, 'La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A bright new star from South Africa, Yannick Ilunga doesn't need to be sonically tethered to his African roots to gather notice in rock and electronic-music circles.


First Listen: Dam-Funk, 'Invite The Light'

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The man born Damon Riddick makes an epic 20-song album that draws on the entire history of funk. Six years in the making, Invite The Light has a sound that's almost impossible to pin down.


First Listen: Destroyer, 'Poison Season'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On his 10th album as Destroyer, Dan Bejar keeps mining discarded sounds and reclaiming them, recalling everyone from Harry Nilsson to Clarence Clemons.


First Listen: Advance Base, 'Nephew In The Wild'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Once known as Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Owen Ashworth explores vivid and morose detail in the second album by his newest project.


First Listen: CFCF, 'The Colours Of Life'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

On his new album, Montreal musician and producer Michael Silver brings his diverse sounds together to form a sumptuous whole that draws extensively on the music of the 1980s.


First Listen: Teen Daze, 'Morning World'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

After recording a string of albums in his bedroom, Teen Daze emerges as a full-fledged indie-pop frontman on his new album, produced by John Vanderslice.


First Listen: Benjamin Clementine, 'At Least For Now'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

At Least For Now has the same amount of assurance, longing and grace as the now-classic debut albums of Antony Hegarty and Rufus Wainwright.


First Listen: Omar Souleyman, 'Bahdeni Nami'

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

There may be no more unlikely act in indie/electronic music than a sunglasses-and-keffiyeh-wearing wedding singer with a chain smoker's gruff voice.


First Listen: Alpine, 'Yuck'

Sunday, June 07, 2015

On the Australian band's charming second album, a sweetly blithe sound can't quite mask the doubt and hesitation at the heart of the songs.


First Listen: Algiers, 'Algiers'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The gospel-punk band's self-titled debut couches its invective in feedback, guitar noise, bruising drum machines and Franklin James Fisher's guttural howls.


First Listen: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 'Multi-Love'

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Inspired by a complex relationship in his past, frontman Ruban Nielson makes his sweetest, catchiest, most impeccably crafted music yet.


First Listen: Paul De Jong, 'IF'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The cellist and audio collagist unabashedly embraces and refines The Books' sound on his solo debut, which contains some of the most resonant and beautiful music of his career.


First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

Sunday, March 29, 2015

In recent years, Chaz Bundick's sound has traveled down some unexpected side roads. But What For? takes a U-turn back to feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results.


First Listen: Inventions, 'Maze Of Woods'

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Explosions In The Sky guitarist Mark Smith and Eluvium's Matthew Cooper make natural collaborators. On their second album as Inventions, they craft head-nodding, vaguely unsettling music together.


First Listen: Pearson Sound, 'Pearson Sound'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

David Kennedy, the Leeds producer behind Pearson Sound, has been at the vanguard of British electronic music since his first singles in 2006. Now, he's finally releasing his first full-length album.