Seattle has long been a frontier town that attracts musicians who want to invent and reinvent – from Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain to the next unnamed musical star. While the sound may change from decade to decade, the Northwest’s music scene is as vibrant as ever. And here at The End we feel it’s important to help put our homegrown talent in the forefront by giving you a taste of our cities musical richness.
Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger met in 2008 as freshmen at the University of Washington. In their new hometown of Seattle, Juenger and Koplowitz began crafting dorm-room beats on Garageband and venturing into DJ gigs, eventually working their way towards the sound that would become their first EP, Surf Noir.
The songs on Surf Noir are at once dreamy and danceable, sophisticated and free, meant to evoke both golden sunsets and glittering city lights. Two of the songs, the romantic pop tracks "In The Water" and "Silver Screen," featured the duo's roommate Tom Eddy on vocals; Eddy, a folk-rock singer-songwriter, nailed "Silver Screen" in one take. Beat Connection self-released Surf Noir in the summer of 2010; London's Tender Age records, an imprint of the venerable Moshi Moshi would pick it up for an updated release in April of the next year.
As of May of 2011, Beat Connection had toured the UK and Paris with such electronic luminaries as Holy Ghost!, Toro Y Moi, and Niki and the Dove. By June, in anticipation of their appearance at Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party, they had added a live drummer, Jarred Katz, another musical roommate and a modern jazz aficionado. In September they embarked on their first US tour, opening for Starfucker. They made fans of the Seattle Times, Pitchfork, and the Seattle Weekly, who named them the Best New Band of 2011. They closed out the year in Spain, opening for Real Estate.
2012 has been an even bigger year for Beat Connection, who've again expanded, this time adding as their fulltime vocalist and guitarist Tom Eddy, the only man they considered for the job. This summer, the new four-piece released their first full-length, The Palace Garden, a record that finds the band meditating on the idea of unattainable beauty, an idea that encases magical evenings, flooding happiness, heavy regrets, and sky-clearing epiphanies. They've left all genre constraints behind and now, as four, their music can only broaden, rise, and take them on to new adventures and new audiences.