"Beams is one of those releases you can listen to casually, but Pietras does a lot of great detail work here as well. Its light jazz edges make it catchy, and its laid-back, thoughtful tone make it easy to slip into. There’s a whole lot to like here, and you need to give it a listen."
--Hypnagogue, Nov. 28, 2015
Beams is San Francisco musician Eric Pietras' full-length debut record on the Aural Films netlabel.
Originally developed as a soundtrack for a time-lapse photography project, Beams took on a life of its own as a soundtrack for places and moments experienced in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A collection of nine musical vignettes that invite the listener to meander through the islands, hills and little-explored nooks of Northern California, Beams features colorful arrangements of layered synthesizers, mellotrons, electric pianos, hacked drum machines and field recordings from the Bay Area and beyond. Both documentarian and dreamlike, this record is the culmination of several years' musical and personal exploration, and is the realization of a longtime vision.
Connecting a diverse array of musical genres, influences, and mis-hearings into a work that calls to mind Popul Vuh, Brian Eno, Boards of Canada and Andrew Coleman, Beams was recorded both at home and at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, where it was lovingly mixed and strategically dirtied by Jay Pellici, and mastered by Los Angeles ambient/experimental artist Sean McCann.
Digital download features three bonus tracks, including an alternate version of the track 'Sky Blue Morning,' which appeared on the Sound For Good release 'This Music Plants Trees.'
released July 28, 2015
All pieces by Eric Pietras
Recorded at home and at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco
Mixed by Jay Pellici
Mastered by Sean McCann
Sleeve design by Jaime Borschuk
Sleeve photographs by Eric Pietras
Aural Films is an online record label (netlabel) that releases high-quality soundtrack albums for movies that do not exist. We cover a wide range of music styles ranging from ambient to experimental to popular to soundtrack musics. Often on the same albums. You can find our complete catalog of releases online at auralfilms.com