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A Beacon School Has Us Dreaming With “Dot”

The indie-pop artist returns from their hiatus with entrancing new songs and visions for the future.

The new song feels like a dream-pop Yves Tumor or even a male Raveena with the dreamy production and therapeutic vocals.

“Dot” marks the first A Beacon School release in three years and coincided with a headlining performance at The Sultan Room in Brooklyn on Friday, April 8th, signaling a long-awaited new full-length album is on the horizon.

The song is five minutes of pure fantasy. Hypnotic beats combined with calming vocals make for a track that takes you to a feeling of bliss and ecstasy.

Genuinely feeling like you are floating on a cloud with one listen, despite the more serious themes of the song and lyrics.

A Beacon School wrote “dot” about dreaming when you are stuck in place. That moment of imagination, then the reality of the material world, reminds you that you aren't there.

Saying, “'Dot' is a song about seeing patterns in your life emerge but feeling helpless to change them. The song oscillates between these moments of unfiltered wonder and inspiration and the immediate skepticism that follows them."

A Beacon School is the dream-pop project of New York-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick J. Smith. The songs on releases, such as his full-length 2019 debut acclaimed album, Cola, alternate between uptempo, jangly pop nuggets, and lush shoegaze.

Smith began making music as A Beacon School in 2009. A home-recorded demo single was released in 2011, and a self-titled EP by a full-band lineup appeared near the end of 2012.

The group played several shows in New York City and Connecticut and worked on a full-length album. Smith played with bands such as Modern Rivals and Bluffing, additionally working with Parquet Courts' Max Savage as part of Maxband.

In 2018, A Beacon School's Cola was released by Grind Select. After receiving positive press and slowly gaining a worldwide following, an expanded vinyl edition of Cola was released in 2019 in conjunction with Fat Possum’s ‘House Arrest’ imprint, amassing over 40 million streams.

With A Beacon School’s success behind them, the future looks bright. Their next album will amass the same positive reviews as Cola, enchanting fans and critics alike.

By: Zac Strater

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