Don Burke’s favourite, Flora from Beaty Heart is a heck of a tune

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Sound and style progression plus the ability to increase in fan numbers is a tricky balancing act. Do you risk the loss of fans to discover that new style or is it a sacrifice for exploring one’s art that is worth taking? All musicians are faced with this journey into their art, as well as who they are as artists, and the results to achieve this equilibrium have over the years produced art that has spurred the evolution of music. Fortunately for Beaty Heart this exploration of styles has paid off and the trio have released their latest single Flora.

Beaty Heart Flora

Inspired by a Brazillian jazz legend, Pommy trio Beaty Heart get a little steamy as they take their music further on their latest single Flora.

Peckham in South London is where this trio originate; however, they started off their lives as a band as a quad. Originally Beaty Heart consisted of Josh Mitchell (vocals, guitar, samplers), Charlie Rotberg (drums, samplers), James Moruzzi (samplers, drums, vocals) and Thomas Gunning (drums, samplers, vocals), who formed the band back in 2010 whilst attending Goldsmith College. In 2012 Gunning left the band and the remaining trio continued to create self-evolving music that Beaty Heart should be commended for.

With their music floating over soundwaves for the last six years Beaty Heart have delved into the tropical beats with, Lekka Freakout, ethnic and earthly sounds in ssllooww Ddoowwnn. Whilst there is a mix of genres over the years the trio have maintained one vital element which tethers it all together; the signature Beaty Heart stamp-drums. With all the members of the trio able to play drums, each of their tracks a have strong, grounded and demanding percussion presence.

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Flora is the latest release for the band and like Seafood is a sneak peak of what is to come from their upcoming album. Opening with deep, streaked synth this track is full of texture and is bursting at the seams. From the experimental and eccentric television static sounds and space synth, Beaty Heart then juxtapose with soulful smooth vocals, tribal drumming and cymbals that echo in the back of the mix.

The inspiration behind the track was Flora Purim, a Brazilin Jazz singer and the trio told fellow music blog The Line of Best Fit that “We tried to evoke her rich, steamy tones within our own style, as well as exploring improvisational techniques to form the melody of the song.

As amazing as it would be to see Beaty Heart bring their self-revolutionary sound to our little part of the world, unfortunately there are no known plans yet for an Australian or global tour. Until then we can cross our fingers and hope. For the lucky ones among us however who will be in the UK or Europe over the next few months, your Beaty Heart wait does not have to be so long. Keep your eye out for their latest album, which is due to be released later on this year.

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