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The Beths Announce New Album Expert in a Dying Field, Share “Silence Is Golden”: Stream

Follow-up to 2020's Jump Rope Gazers arrives on September 16th

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The Beths, photo by Frances Carter
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    The Beths have a new album on the way. The New Zealand rockers will release their third LP, Expert in a Dying Field, on September 16th, and as a preview, the first single “Silence Is Golden” is out today.

    The group began recording Expert in a Dying Field in 2021 at guitarist Jonathan Pearce’s New Zealand studio, until a four-month COVID-19 lockdown stalled the process. Consequently, the four-piece switched to trading notes remotely before they picked up the in-person collaboration while on tour, finally finishing the album during a three-day studio session in Los Angeles.

    Despite those stops and starts, “Silence Is Golden” buzzes with energy as frontwoman Elizabeth Stokes begs for silence via, of all things, a fuzzy, guitar-driven tantrum. “I wish that I could freeze time/ Go to the wild/ Soak up the quiet/ Til I’m dripping wet with it,” she spits, over breakneck percussion. “Then I would drive home/ Go to my room/ Wring myself out/ That would be the end of it.”

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    “The song is about stress and anxiety manifesting as an intolerance to noise,” Stokes explained in a statement. “Where each new sound makes you more and more stressed.” Listen to “Silence Is Golden” below, and scroll onward for the album’s artwork and tracklist.

    Pre-orders for Expert in a Dying Field are ongoing. This summer, The Beths will head out on a North American tour that includes stops in Seattle, Brooklyn, Detroit, Chicago, and Columbus. See the full list of dates below, and grab your tickets now via Ticketmaster.

    The Beths’ last album was 2020’s Jump Rope Gazersthough they returned this February with the standalone single “A Real Thing.”

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    Expert in a Dying Field Artwork:
    the beths expert in a dying field album artwork

    Expert in a Dying Field Tracklist:
    01. Expert in a Dying Field
    02. Knees Deep
    03. Silence Is Golden
    04. Your Side
    05. I Want to Listen
    06. Head in the Clouds
    07. Best Left
    08. Change in the Weather
    09. When You Know You Know
    10. A Passing Rain
    11. I Told You That I Was Afraid
    12. 2am

    The Beths 2022 Tour Dates:
    07/24 — Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
    07/25 — Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
    07/29 — Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
    07/31 — Denver, CO @ UMS – The Underground Music Showcase
    08/02 — San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
    08/03 — Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
    08/04 — Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo Restaurant & Music Club
    08/05 — San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival
    08/07 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
    08/10 — Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel
    08/11 — Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
    08/13 — North Adams, MA @ Here and There Festival, Mass MoCA
    08/14 — Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
    08/15 — Detroit, MI @ The Magic Bag
    08/16 — Chicago, IL @ Here and There Festival, Salt Shed
    08/18 — St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
    08/19 — Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
    08/20 — Covington, KY (Cincinnati) @ Madison Live
    08/22 — Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
    08/23 — Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
    08/25 — Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
    08/26 — Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
    08/27 — Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music & Events
    08/28 — Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
    08/31 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall
    09/01 — Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

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