Chris Daly always has a clean kitchen sink.
L.A.’s Alpha Pup is known for housing and honing offbeat artists ranging from Free the Robots to Nosaj Thing, and part of the joy derived from listening to their catalog is the resultant unabashed willingness to explore new sounds and genres that seem left-handedly related with various roots in hip-hop and all things electronica.
So it makes perfect sense that the independent label started by Daddy Kev a would be a fitting home for The Breathing Effect, the duo of L.A.-based singer/keyboardist Eli Goss and N.Y.’s own drummer/bassist Harry Terrell, who make what can best be described as an amalgam of jazz, nu-R&B, rock, outer space riffs and a bit of the kitchen sink for good measure. The band is getting ready to drop their sophomore exercise, The Fisherman Abides, on Sept. 29, and they’ve graciously shared album closer, “The Ode,” to debut here on POW.
The entire album demonstrates BE’s growth and maturation since their debut, Mars Is A Very Bad Place For Love. As with the rest of the Alpha Pup roster, BE have become eagerly anticipated artists every time they announce new dates to play the infamous Low End Theory, arguably the best weekly beat party thrown in L.A. (and also incidentally co-founded by Daddy Kev), and the time they’ve spent honing their chops in front of live audiences shows here.
With geographical distances obviously being an issue, the two took over the Cosmic Zoo and recorded the album following a short window filled with 12 hour days in the studio, and the effort seems charged with that chaotic, yet focused, energy. Perfect mood music, whether you’re feeling incredibly upbeat or simply introspective.