At the crossroads between midnight delirium and sultry grunge lies the hauntingly seductive music of New York City-based artist Beastie Vee.
Originally hailing from Réunion Island, Beastie Vee surrounded himself with the cultural mélange of the island and merged it with shoegaze, post punk, and industrial rock to create his own sonic fingerprint. A subsequent move to Paris and job as a sound engineer at Motorbass Studios working under French producer Philippe Zdar (who gave Beastie Vee his name) proved equally as inspiring: it was this time that allowed him to explore the realm and limits of his solo project.
Several transient years spent floating between Paris and the US inspired Beastie Vee to relocate in 2017 to NYC, where he honed his sound live under the strobe lights of Brooklyn’s DIY venues and built his catalog of songs.
Experimental but accessible, hazy but charged, Beastie Vee’s self-titled debut now has finally reached its final, stirring form. The nine-track album, mastered by John Davis (Foals, Savages, The Jesus and Mary Chain), leads a dream-like journey: it barrels headlong through heavy tracks like “Sungasm” while grazing surreal, gentle balances like “Bourbon” and “Diamond in the Toothpaste,” traveling all the way through to “Marcelle,” a triumphant closer and homage to Beastie Vee’s mother (who’s also featured on the album’s cover art).
Beastie Vee spans not only sound but the earth—combining the traditional Maloya rhythmics of Réunion, provocative refinement of Paris, and the unforgiving grit of Brooklyn—to deliver an album in a class of its own. Beastie Vee is out now.
– by Olivia Gehrke
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