Posted in music | streams on July 19, 2012

by Bill Pearis

photo by Terri Nguyen

Beach Fossils as a band have been mostly quiet this year so far, apart from a few live shows, but it's individual members have been very busy. Zachary Cole Smith has his increasingly popular DIIV (who may be playing right now somewhere in Brooklyn) and bassist and instrument-tosser John Peña, has his new, at this point solo project Heavenly Beat whose debut album, Talent, is out July 24 on Captured Tracks.

Where there's a clear sonic line between Beach Fossils and DIIV, Heavenly Beat goes a completely different path, making the the kind of breezy, jazzy indiepop -- complete with breathy vocals, sampled steel drums and pizzicato strings -- that one associates with Sweden's Labrador Records or, further back, Cherry Red and él in the '80s. It's the perfect soundtrack to your next white-linen-dressed picnic. ("Messiah" is especially good.) Check it out for yourself -- the whole record is streaming below.

John is stil trying to get the Heavenly Beat live experience worked out (maybe you wanna be in the band?) so no shows lined up at present, but hopefully before the year's out.




Comments (20)

DIIV fucking sucks. It;s not reminiscent of Nirvana in the least. Hopefully he will kill himself.

Heavenly Beat is good- a nice distance from his other band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2012 6:15 PM

throw the bass in the river bro

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2012 10:04 PM

yea diiv isnt that great, but heavenly beat got those dope beats.

Posted by vanessa | July 20, 2012 1:11 AM

DIIV sounds EXACTLY like nirvana. Are you high? It's a straight up nirvana rip off.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2012 2:20 AM

there is absolutely no sonic difference between Heavenly Beat and Diiv

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2012 2:34 AM

@2:34 it's because both bands are made by the same man

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2012 2:35 AM

When I picture John Peña I instantly achieve an erection, at which point I become very proud. Thank you John Peña!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2012 2:38 AM

this dude sleeps with more chicks than anyone his height deserves to sleep with...common knowledge that I didnt give a fuck abt until a few months ago when one of them became my sister. the dirty texts this little munchkin continues to send her make me want to vomit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2012 10:53 PM

He fuked my sister to...jesus

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2012 1:07 AM

he has a very serious girlfriend now that is like really cool, can't see him fucking anyone's sister these days.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2012 1:52 PM

@1:52 Oh hi, Heavenly Beat's girlfriend.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2012 5:04 PM

Heavenly Beat will be playing Public Assembly on August 8th with Plastic Flowers, Young Boys and You. Tickets:

Posted by Laura | July 28, 2012 9:29 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2012 2:22 PM

Very interesting article, I look forward to more research coming out regarding the remaining two thirds

Posted by Youtube | September 28, 2012 5:35 PM

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Posted by Clever | September 29, 2012 5:59 AM

I've never heard of Beach Fossils and I've only listened to a couple tracks from them. I can tell you just from listening to a bit of them. I'm already in love with their music. Why don't people tell me about these amazing unappropriated bands? I love how their songs flow and the musical keyboard in the background makes these songs sound amazing.

Posted by ontario honey | October 27, 2012 5:37 PM

he has a very serious girlfriend now that is like really cool, can't see him fucking anyone's sister these days.

Posted by forums | November 5, 2012 5:53 AM

I am sure you're going to love it too. I just got his album and yes can't wait to go home and listen to it very well.

Posted by No Carb Diet Sample Meal Plan | January 18, 2013 4:49 AM

talent is a great song.

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