Thursday, July 13, 2006

Beauty Pill = Lazarus

Well, I initially refrained from posting this news report here, banking on a false assumption that surely Pitchfork's crack team of reporters would spy this rather exciting tidbit as they spider-crawl their weekly way through the vaults of myspace band pages but, alas, no banana. Perhaps this band represents too much musical validity and not quite enough hype for to grace the front page of the 'fork (I know, I know hundreds, nay thousands, would lose valuable sleep without a weekly Sufjan/Devandra/Thom update), or maybe it's just that Beauty Pill has been gone for so long that they fell off the PFM radar. I guess they never really liked them much anyway. At any rate, here's the juice:
Beauty Pill has emerged from well over a year long hiatus with a beautiful new single, several blog posts by Chad Clark himself, a 9 date U.S. Tour starting a week from today, and talk of a new album in the works. There have been a few line-up changes finding Devin Ocampo (Faraquet, Smart Went Crazy, Medicatons, Mary Timony, etc.) filling in for Ryan Nelson on Drums, multi-instrumentalist Jean Cook replacing Rachel Burke on vocals, and a whole slew of guest artists filling out the sonic space with instruments ranging from shamisen to electric harp. All the details and the new song are on the band's myspace page (linked above). In short, and consciously running the risk of over-doing this post, this is the best new music these ears have had the pleasure to hear (10 times a day) in quite some time. Check it out.