As most music fans will tell you, there are certain record labels whose tastes you trust, Soft Power Records who describe themselves as ‘a tiny indie record label in Scotland’ are one such label and they have been on a roll of late. Their continued excellence continues with the release of a brand new five track E.P ‘Move On’ by Parisian Indie outfit ‘Beat Mark.’ Despite the recent boom in the popularity of electronic music from France, not every band across the channel aspires to be the next Air or Daft Punk. Beat Mark’s sound is a far more fuzzed up, shoegazey affair with nods to bands such as Sonic Youth and the Mary Chain, bands who realised that directionless, shapeless cacophony without melody is simply just noise for its own sake. There may be a slight laissez-faire slacker vibe to Beat Mark’s oeuvre but the reality is they produce an invigorating sonic thrash that’s immersed in a quite magisterial, spectral beauty. Here are two tracks from the EP, ‘Between My Teeth’ and the title track ‘Move On’ to wrap your discerning lug-holes around !
ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.