Farm Photosby Erin Clark / 26.01.2010
What are the most important elements of a song? Harmony, rhythm & timing and it also helps if said band are talking some kind of sense. On Beatenberg’s Farm Photos there is a gentle balance between older tunes and the introduction of newer ones. Six out of the ten tracks are fresh, yet they all fit seamlessly on one record. The much loved “Sultan of the Economic Café”, “Die for you” and “In B flat” stand brightly next to the well knitted “Beaufort Scale”, which is personally my new favourite. Other numbers like “Old Woollen Jersey” and “Primary School” are similarly well constructed with lyrics that would make even my pops nostalgic.
They classify their sound as pop, but comparing them to acts that immediately come to mind would put you way off the mark. In this instance pop means that their music is very accessible. Beatenberg are like a breath of fresh air of acoustic pop. The influence of folk and jazz are also prominent in the music.
Matthew (guitarist/song writer) is shy but deliciously intriguing. He shouldn’t be so surprised that it’s not only his friends and neighbours that make up their audience; Ross (bass man) is utterly complimentary and supportive and Rob (rhythmist/ drummer) keeps everyone in time, even when he’s playing those rolling threes that even the most avid fan struggles to keep up with.
I already know almost all the words to Farm Photos. But, even though I’d tattoo Beatenburg above my right breast in a heartbeat I do wish that they sounded more in performance like they do on their CD; But they’re young – younger than you – and now that Matthew is off to Berklee College of Music you might have to borrow money to see their next show.