Just like the message behind the inspiration for their debut LP, The Beegles’ first fully fledged album, Everybody Outside arrives like an experimental, psychedelic pondering. The band say it’s an introspective album, “about those envious moments of committing to working in your studio, while really wanting to be outside.”
The Beegles spread themselves gracefully over a plethora of genres in Everybody Outside, a debut EP that offers musical experimentation in catchy, fun sizes
It definitely feels like the soundtrack to a weekend of copious amounts of work that you have thrown aside to procrastinate in bed surrounded by the warmth of the weekend sun. Despite their own wishes to run off with friends, the five-piece band from Melbourne truly commit in their new effort. Everybody Outside sees the band experimenting with “all genres that our minds will let us” with a twist of psych-pop the foundation for each tune.
Whilst tracks like Steppin’ Out have the very psych-rock sound with electric, buzzing guitar solos, which you assume the whole album is going to sound like, The Beegles’ Semaphore is a departure. Less rock, more a chilled synth-pop vibe, who knew a song titled after a system of communicating through particular arm movements could be so dreamy? But idyllic it is, with vocalist Ash Briody’s repetition of the same lyrics sending the listener into an aural trance, allowing the instruments to send messages and tell stories through their beat and melodies.
Their promise to play any genre they can imagine is truly The Beegles’ leading attitude. Experimenting with horns in both the tracks San Fran and She’s So Tired brings an element to the band’s psychedelic vibes that isn’t what a listener might expect. Sure, floaty horns and a jazz inclination is anticipated in some hip hop tracks now but, melding synth pop and dreamy, layered vocals creates a tune not often heard over the airwaves.
Another real stand out from the LP is the track, The Dream Team. With its layered vocals, acoustic touches and harmonica solo, it’s a gentle song, reminiscent of drowsy Sunday mornings, being with a partner, cocooned in blankets. With Briody writing lines like “Morning sunshines down on our double bed/Waking early, while everyone sleeps late and I’ve never seen a smile/So damn comforting”, the band’s performing blues brings these words into existence.
There are twelve tracks and so many more genre twisting songs from Everybody Outside that, interestingly, play with the sound of the album as a whole. From experimental synth and heavy percussion instrumental of Clean Break to the wonderfully strange strings featured in Cars in the Rain After We Left, The Beegles really is a band brave enough to push the limits of their own sound., despite really wishing they were out in the sun with friends.