[ Ivy League Records / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 16 September 2022
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On The Beths' third studio album, Expert In A Dying Field, Elizabeth Stokes' songwriting places her somewhere between being a novelist and a documentarian. The songs are autobiographical, but they're also character sketches of relationships and, more importantly, their aftermaths. The question that hangs in the air: What do you do with how intimately versed you've become in a person once they're gone from your life? 'How does it feel to be an expert in a dying field? How do you know it's over when you can't let go?' Stokes asks on the album's title track. 'Love is learned over time 'til you're an expert in a dying field.'
As in all songs created out of The Beths' working relationship, Expert In A Dying Field affirms the deep bond between Stokes, lead guitarist Jonathan Pearce, bassist Benjamin Sinclair and drummer Tristan Deck. Precariously balancing urgency and quiet resolve, the band showcase their signature all-member harmonies and bright, raucous guitar hooks.
Filled with acutely cut-to-the-bone lyrics and playfully chaotic, hook-filled melodies, Expert In A Dying Field contains 12 tight, guitar-heavy songs that worm their way into your head - an incandescent collision of powerpop and skuzz.
The single 'Silence Is Golden' foreshadows an album that stands to solidify The Beths' reputation as masters of their craft. With a healthy dose of unabashed expression, and the unwaveringly direct and insightful lyricism we have come to expect from the band, the song elucidates one of the core realities of what it is to be human - that sometimes, all we want is to escape our own minds. "How are you not hearing it? The sound, I'd burn the city to the ground just to turn it down," lead singer Liz Stokes croons over the rich, guitar layered and often chaotic instrumentation.
EXPERT IN A DYING FIELD
SILENCE IS GOLDEN
I WANT TO LISTEN
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
CHANGE IN THE WEATHER
WHEN YOU KNOW YOU KNOW
A PASSING RAIN
I TOLD YOU THAT I WAS AFRAID