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Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Patrick J. Smith has shared “Glue,” a previously unreleased track from his 2018 solo full-length debut as A Beacon School, Cola. The song will appear on a new and expanded vinyl release of Cola—coming June 14 via House Arrest/Fat Possum—alongside two other unreleased songs (“Fade In Nylon” and “Cut Thru”) from the original album sessions.
“Glue” is an intoxicating indie-pop tune that manages a dreamy appeal despite its frenetic pace, balancing flying saucer synths with a hyperactive rhythm section. Smith and J Boxer of BLUFFING share vocal duties, harmonizing, “The breakthrough we’re waiting on / It’s too late, our ride’s already gone,” as if the song’s blown past them, too. In their voices’ absence, “Glue” flies ahead like a car with a cinder block on the gas pedal, stuttering drumbeats and bass swerving this way and that.
“I was initially trying to write a song that sounded like my friend Jon’s band, BLUFFING,” Smith told AdHoc of the track. “All their songs were insanely catchy and less than two minutes long. As soon as I got going though, I veered off in a completely different direction, ending up with the weird sound collage that closes the song. The maximalist approach on this one is very much in line with the feel of the album so I’m glad it’s finally seeing the light of day.”
In addition to his output as A Beacon School, Smith’s previous credits include collaborations with Modern Rivals, BLUFFING and Fiasco. He’s also currently at work on Maxband, a new project alongside Parquet Courts drummer Max Savage.
Listen to “Glue” and see Smith’s tour slate below.
A Beacon School Tour Dates:
14 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Baby’s All Right