Published Jun 14, 2019Having grown up in L.A. immersed in the experimental beat scene made prolific by the Brainfeeder crew and its many offshoots, producer and multi-instrumentalist Beshken (Ben Shirken) was drawn to artistry that would eventually end up influencing his own work.
With a solid foundation of his own, Beshken moved to New York in 2015 and fell into the city's DIY scene, flexing his multi-instrumental background and rolling them into his live shows. Beshken's debut album, Aisle of Palm, is a mix of both cities, lo-fi electronic blending acoustic recordings, samples of recorded conversations and Shirken's vocals — an oscillating soundtrack that moves between the lighter side of meandering ambient, and the thicker drops of heavy synths and exaggerated beats.
Static ushers in "White Gemini," as a snippet of recorded conversation between astronaut Ed White and the command centre flashes by. A breezy 4/4 follows, entangled by weighty synths and piano. On the flipside are tracks like "Grey Ghost" and "Focus On" that blithely trickle forward in a cloud of hazy vocals and dream-like soundscapes. Aisle of Palm is just the first release in a series of many for Beshken. (Independent)