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The Beths Expert In A Dying Field

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TRACK LISTING

1. Expert In A Dying Field
2. Knees Deep
3. Silence Is Golden
4. Your Side
5. I Want To Listen
6. Head In The Clouds
7. Best Left
8. Change In The Weather
9. When You Know You Know
10. A Passing Rain
11. I Told You That I Was Afraid
12. 2am

ABOUT

Australia and New Zealand customers must visit here for purchase.

This is a pre-order. Pre-orders will ship by or before September 26th, 2022. All Carpark Records shop pre-orders will receive a download of "Silence Is Golden" instantly. The standard LP is pressed on Canary Yellow vinyl and the Carpark Exclusive LP is pressed on Spring Green vinyl. Each LP is housed in a gatefold jacket with spot glossed and embossed text and includes a 24"x24" lyric poster and digital download card.

On The Beths’ new album Expert In A Dying Field, Elizabeth Stokes’ songwriting positions her somewhere between being a novelist and a documentarian. The songs collected here are autobiographical, but they’re also character sketches of relationships – platonic, familial, romantic – and more importantly, their aftermaths. The shapes and ghosts left in absences. 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?

The third LP from the New Zealand quartet houses 12 jewels of tight, guitar-heavy songs that worm their way into your head, an incandescent collision of power-pop and skuzz. With Expert, The Beths wanted to make an album meant to be experienced live, for both the listeners and themselves. They wanted it to be fun -- to hear, to play -- in spite of the prickling anxiety throughout the lyrics, the fear of change and struggle to cope.

Most of Expert was recorded at guitarist Jonathan Pearce’s studio on Karangahape Road in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand) -- and sometimes in the building's cavernous stairwell at 1am -- toward the end of 2021, until they were interrupted by a four-month national lockdown. They traded notes remotely for months, songwriting from afar and fleshing out the arrangements alone, the first time they’d written together in such a way. The following February, The Beths left the country for the first time in more than two years to tour across the US, and simultaneously finish mixing the album on the road. That latter half felt more collaborative, with everyone on-hand to trade notes in real time, until it all culminated in a chaotic three-day studio mad-dash in Los Angeles. There, Expert finally became the record they were hearing in their heads.

Expert is an extension of the same skuzzy palette the band has built across their catalog, pop hooks embedded in incisive indie rock. The album’s title track “Expert In A Dying Field” introduces the thesis for the record: “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. “Love is learned over time ‘til you’re an expert in a dying field.”

The rest is a capsule of The Beths’ most electrifying and exciting output, a sonic spectrum: “Your Side” is a forlorn and sincere love song, emotive; while “Silence is Golden,” with its propulsive drum line and stop-start staccato of a guitar line winding up and down, is one of the band’s sharpest and most driving. “When You Know You Know” skews a bit groovier, pure pop and a natural addition to the band’s live set. “Knees Deep” was written last minute, but yields one of the best guitar lines on Expert. There’s a certain chaos across the 12 tracks, the palpable joy of playing music with long-time friends colliding with the raw nerves of pain.

Stokes strings it all together through her singular songwriting lens, earnest and self-effacing, zeroing in on the granules of doubt and how they snowball. Did I do the wrong thing? Or did you? And are we still good people at the end of it? She isn’t interested in villains, but instead interested in just telling the story. That insecurity and thoughtfulness, translated into universality and understanding, has been the guiding light of The Beths’ output since 2016. In the face of pain, there’s no dwelling on internal anguish - instead, through The Beths’ music, our shortcomings are met with acceptance. And Expert In A Dying Field is the most tactile that tenderness has been.

ALBUM CREDITS

The Beths:
Elizabeth Stokes - Guitar, Vocal
Jonathan Pearce - Guitar, Vocal, Keys
Benjamin Sinclair - Bass, Vocal
Tristan Deck - Drums, Vocal

All songs written by Elizabeth Stokes, except ‘Change In The Weather’ co-written by Jonathan Pearce
All songs arranged by The Beths

This album was primarily recorded at Jonathan’s studio on Karangahape Road in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa between June 2021 and February 2022. Tracking was interrupted
by a national lockdown that lasted from 18 August 2021 until 30 November 2021,
but work continued at a distance, in our homes. Jonathan began mixing in his studio in mid January, and on 4 February we left the country for the first time in two and a half years to tour the USA. Album production continued with Jonathan mixing in hotel rooms and green rooms and in the back of the tour bus. Additional vocals, guitars and synths were also tracked on the road, and we sent mixes to Bevan Smith and Oliver Devlin in Poneke, Aotearoa to be developed and finalised. At the end of the tour, Jonathan completed the mixing in three days at Future Classic studios in Los Angeles, California.

Engineered and produced by Jonathan Pearce

Additional vocal production by Elizabeth Stokes

Tracks 6, 8, and 11 mixed by Jonathan Pearce
Track 9 mixed by Jonathan Pearce, additional mixing by Bevan Smith
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10 mixed by Bevan Smith and Jonathan Pearce
Tracks 5 and 12 mixed by Jonathan Pearce and Oliver Devlin, additional mixing by Bevan Smith

Mastering by Joe Lambert

Additional synths with assistance from Matteo De Lurgio on Track 7, 9, 10

Album artwork and design by Lily Paris West

Polaroid photography by The Beths, except group shots by Garyun Young

Thanks to Jacob Snell and Apple Bagios at MAM, Anthony Metcalf, Todd Hyman, Steph Salas, Alec Moss, Beth Townsend, and Zeeshan Shad at Carpark Records, Chris Maund, Marihuzka Cornelius, Madeleine O'Gorman, Andy Kelly and Heidi Ettema at Ivy League, Andy Moss, Josh Clarke and Dylan Leggett at Melodic, Joren Huevels, Casey O’Shaughnessy, Marshall Betts, Sören Lundberg

Thanks to Alan Holt, Rebekah Ngatae, and the NZ Music Commission, NZ On Air, Creative NZ and APRA

Thanks to Marsha Permadhi, Tess Parker, and all of our families and friends.

Thanks to Bob Frisbee, Larry Killip, Callum Devlin, Annabel Kean, Callum Passells, Simon Gooding, David Parker, Scotty Pearson, James MacDonald, John Kim, Tom Healy, Michael Howell, Sean Martin-Buss, Simon at Jansen Pro Audio, Chad Gillard and Harry White at Future Classic

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The Beths Expert In A Dying Field

Available for pre-order now.

TRACK LISTING

1. Expert In A Dying Field
2. Knees Deep
3. Silence Is Golden
4. Your Side
5. I Want To Listen
6. Head In The Clouds
7. Best Left
8. Change In The Weather
9. When You Know You Know
10. A Passing Rain
11. I Told You That I Was Afraid
12. 2am

ABOUT

Australia and New Zealand customers must visit here for purchase.

This is a pre-order. Pre-orders will ship by or before September 26th, 2022. All Carpark Records shop pre-orders will receive a download of "Silence Is Golden" instantly. The standard LP is pressed on Canary Yellow vinyl and the Carpark Exclusive LP is pressed on Spring Green vinyl. Each LP is housed in a gatefold jacket with spot glossed and embossed text and includes a 24"x24" lyric poster and digital download card.

On The Beths’ new album Expert In A Dying Field, Elizabeth Stokes’ songwriting positions her somewhere between being a novelist and a documentarian. The songs collected here are autobiographical, but they’re also character sketches of relationships – platonic, familial, romantic – and more importantly, their aftermaths. The shapes and ghosts left in absences. 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?

The third LP from the New Zealand quartet houses 12 jewels of tight, guitar-heavy songs that worm their way into your head, an incandescent collision of power-pop and skuzz. With Expert, The Beths wanted to make an album meant to be experienced live, for both the listeners and themselves. They wanted it to be fun -- to hear, to play -- in spite of the prickling anxiety throughout the lyrics, the fear of change and struggle to cope.

Most of Expert was recorded at guitarist Jonathan Pearce’s studio on Karangahape Road in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand) -- and sometimes in the building's cavernous stairwell at 1am -- toward the end of 2021, until they were interrupted by a four-month national lockdown. They traded notes remotely for months, songwriting from afar and fleshing out the arrangements alone, the first time they’d written together in such a way. The following February, The Beths left the country for the first time in more than two years to tour across the US, and simultaneously finish mixing the album on the road. That latter half felt more collaborative, with everyone on-hand to trade notes in real time, until it all culminated in a chaotic three-day studio mad-dash in Los Angeles. There, Expert finally became the record they were hearing in their heads.

Expert is an extension of the same skuzzy palette the band has built across their catalog, pop hooks embedded in incisive indie rock. The album’s title track “Expert In A Dying Field” introduces the thesis for the record: “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. “Love is learned over time ‘til you’re an expert in a dying field.”

The rest is a capsule of The Beths’ most electrifying and exciting output, a sonic spectrum: “Your Side” is a forlorn and sincere love song, emotive; while “Silence is Golden,” with its propulsive drum line and stop-start staccato of a guitar line winding up and down, is one of the band’s sharpest and most driving. “When You Know You Know” skews a bit groovier, pure pop and a natural addition to the band’s live set. “Knees Deep” was written last minute, but yields one of the best guitar lines on Expert. There’s a certain chaos across the 12 tracks, the palpable joy of playing music with long-time friends colliding with the raw nerves of pain.

Stokes strings it all together through her singular songwriting lens, earnest and self-effacing, zeroing in on the granules of doubt and how they snowball. Did I do the wrong thing? Or did you? And are we still good people at the end of it? She isn’t interested in villains, but instead interested in just telling the story. That insecurity and thoughtfulness, translated into universality and understanding, has been the guiding light of The Beths’ output since 2016. In the face of pain, there’s no dwelling on internal anguish - instead, through The Beths’ music, our shortcomings are met with acceptance. And Expert In A Dying Field is the most tactile that tenderness has been.

ALBUM CREDITS

The Beths:
Elizabeth Stokes - Guitar, Vocal
Jonathan Pearce - Guitar, Vocal, Keys
Benjamin Sinclair - Bass, Vocal
Tristan Deck - Drums, Vocal

All songs written by Elizabeth Stokes, except ‘Change In The Weather’ co-written by Jonathan Pearce
All songs arranged by The Beths

This album was primarily recorded at Jonathan’s studio on Karangahape Road in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa between June 2021 and February 2022. Tracking was interrupted
by a national lockdown that lasted from 18 August 2021 until 30 November 2021,
but work continued at a distance, in our homes. Jonathan began mixing in his studio in mid January, and on 4 February we left the country for the first time in two and a half years to tour the USA. Album production continued with Jonathan mixing in hotel rooms and green rooms and in the back of the tour bus. Additional vocals, guitars and synths were also tracked on the road, and we sent mixes to Bevan Smith and Oliver Devlin in Poneke, Aotearoa to be developed and finalised. At the end of the tour, Jonathan completed the mixing in three days at Future Classic studios in Los Angeles, California.

Engineered and produced by Jonathan Pearce

Additional vocal production by Elizabeth Stokes

Tracks 6, 8, and 11 mixed by Jonathan Pearce
Track 9 mixed by Jonathan Pearce, additional mixing by Bevan Smith
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10 mixed by Bevan Smith and Jonathan Pearce
Tracks 5 and 12 mixed by Jonathan Pearce and Oliver Devlin, additional mixing by Bevan Smith

Mastering by Joe Lambert

Additional synths with assistance from Matteo De Lurgio on Track 7, 9, 10

Album artwork and design by Lily Paris West

Polaroid photography by The Beths, except group shots by Garyun Young

Thanks to Jacob Snell and Apple Bagios at MAM, Anthony Metcalf, Todd Hyman, Steph Salas, Alec Moss, Beth Townsend, and Zeeshan Shad at Carpark Records, Chris Maund, Marihuzka Cornelius, Madeleine O'Gorman, Andy Kelly and Heidi Ettema at Ivy League, Andy Moss, Josh Clarke and Dylan Leggett at Melodic, Joren Huevels, Casey O’Shaughnessy, Marshall Betts, Sören Lundberg

Thanks to Alan Holt, Rebekah Ngatae, and the NZ Music Commission, NZ On Air, Creative NZ and APRA

Thanks to Marsha Permadhi, Tess Parker, and all of our families and friends.

Thanks to Bob Frisbee, Larry Killip, Callum Devlin, Annabel Kean, Callum Passells, Simon Gooding, David Parker, Scotty Pearson, James MacDonald, John Kim, Tom Healy, Michael Howell, Sean Martin-Buss, Simon at Jansen Pro Audio, Chad Gillard and Harry White at Future Classic

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