R&B’s most popular ballads inexorably relate to lamenting the loss of a lover or detailing the seduction of a new one. Beacon ignore both, however, instead focusing on post-coital aftermath and the dissolution of a relationship before it comes to a close. Their new EP, For Now, continues where their 2011 debut No Body left off, the Brooklyn duo unfurling their unique lyrical realm over a now-prevalent blend of R&B sensibilities and downtempo electronics.
“Safety’s Off” and “It Won’t Be Long” are delicate delights of minimalism, but it’s closing track “Into the Night” that perfectly exemplifies how stunning Beacon’s craft can be. An impenetrably dusky bass throb underlies silken atmospheric synth lines to weave an atmosphere that forebodes and entices, while Thomas Mullarney’s wistful vocals bring both the song and EP full circle, terminating with a pensive “for now.” He’s aware that the moment he lives in is fleeting, but simultaneously embodies that raw power existing within it.
Though Beacon similarly dwells in the shadow of love, it’s in a manner that’s more reflective and self-aware than the sinister, self-destructive brand of someone like The Weeknd. Some sing for that moment of ecstasy or the feeling at the rock bottom. For Now occupies that uncomfortable, cathartic time between the end of the party and crashing out at dawn.
Essential Tracks: “Into the Night”, “Feeling’s Gone”