Members of Slowdive and the Flaming Lips have teamed up for a new project called Beachy Head and shared the first single.
Beachy Head is a new collaboration between Ryan Graveface and Steve Clarke and features appearances from Slowdive's Rachel Goswell (she and Clarke are married) on a few songs, as well as current Flaming Lips drummer Matt Duckworth. Their first single, "Destroy Us," is an atmospheric guitar track that swells with massive riffs and shimmering hooks and is a bit reminiscent of other great releases this year by Besnard Lakes and Mogwai. There are some indistinguishable vocals that add another layer to the song's muscular guitar work giving it a bit of a glow and depth. "Christian and I recorded the structure of these tunes in Savannah 2 weeks before the pandemic hit and we've been file-trading ever since," says Ryan.
The self-titled debut is out April 30.