– featured image courtesy of the artist –
after years of collaborating with other artists in a handful of projects, the brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist patrick j. smith recently struck out on his own, recording his debut solo effort, cola, under the moniker a beacon school. at eight tracks in length and clocking in around twenty-five minutes, cola is a concise inaugural outing, equal parts contemplative and polyrhythmic.
not quite at the center, but close enough to feel like a centerpiece, lies “it’s late,” a six-minute pillowy odyssey that alternates between the pulse of a four-on-the-floor drum beat and that of multiple metallic timbres coalescing. atop it all is smith’s soothing lead vocal, wordlessly ruminating on a concept for close to a fourth of the entire album’s length.
cola is out now via grind select. check out “it’s late,” below.