The cinematic synth pop trio, Beautiful Machines, dropped their sophomore release, Bridges. The LP signals an evolution for this cinematronic-driven band with electronic hooks that are captivating and dreamy. Bridges is now available to download on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify.
With vast sonic landscapes and transformative, yet optimistic themes, Bridges builds off of the band’s debut album, Disconnect : : Reconnect, but certainly highlights a stylistic shift for the band. As the second installment in a concept album trilogy, Bridges tells a story of disconnecting from an old paradigm and crossing a bridge to a new reality. “Bridges symbolizes positive transformation and change,” says frontman, Conrad Schuman. “This album is purposefully arranged to take the listener on a journey, like cycling through a Tron-grid landscape to launching into a euphoric stratosphere.” As a true labor of love, the album was entirely self-produced. The second song on the record, “Million Miles” is written from the perspective of an ancient vampire who has traversed eons. The song uses driving dark melodies to tell the story of isolation and discontent with societal disharmony. The lead single, “Real Love” describes the difficulty in exiting a long and intimate relationship and ultimately speaks to irreconcilable love and wanting. A video for the single was filmed at Lennon Studios in San Francisco and released earlier this year. “Real Love” also pays homage to John Lennon’s song of the same title. As a thematic follow-up to the aforementioned track, “Free” explores the new possibilities in the aftermath of a break up and is an anthemic call to action in seizing freedom and liberation. The sixth track, “Sunrise Song” is a soundscape of Hatsuhi, Japan’s New Years Day celebration told through the perspective of a father holding his newborn child, representing the beginning of new chapters in life. The final track on Bridges, “We Have To Escape” is an energetic melody that further escalates the feeling of freedom present throughout the album and serves as a thematic cliffhanger that will be resolved at the beginning of Beautiful Machines’ next album, Singularity due out in 2017.
Based in San Francisco, Conrad Schuman (vocals, guitar), Stef Ku (keys, backing vocals), and Veli-Matti Mattila (drums) took inspiration for their name from an Alphabet City album, Schuman’s previous band in Gainesville, FL. Built on a common appreciation for electronic music and philosophy, Beautiful Machines formed to create a sound that was both compelling and introspective. They describe the concept of their music as a cosmological and philosophical one, whereby life and organism are beautiful machines. Nylon Magazine described their music as, “a truly magnanimous sound that is as much a nod to the past as it is a reflection of the musical ingenuity of today.” The cinematic synth rockers won the 2014 Independent Music Award for Album of the Year and have toured extensively along the west coast of the US.
Bridges is packed with sweeping vocals, colossal instrumentation and deep thematic references that have caught the attention of a fast growing fan base. Be sure to download Bridges on iTunes, and stay connected with Beautiful Machines on Facebook and their website, BeautifulMachinesMusic.com.