The Head Chord - EP #1 (Southern Gothic) Tracks 1 - 4
The Heart Chord - EP #2 (Triphop) Tracks 5 - 8
The Base Chord - EP #3 (Psych Pop) Tracks 9 - 13
HeadShy - The Austin, TX band comprised of former members of the seminal Southwest psych outfit 7% Solution: Reese Beeman, James Adkisson and Mike Sherrill, with the addition of master drummer Wayne Duncan and Lisa Lipkin, a bewitching singer-songwriter who has worked alongside such prominent industry heavyweights as former Robert Plant guitarist Robbie Blunt, one time Talk Talk bassist Simon Edwards and Manny Elias, who played drums on Tears for Fears' introductory 1983 masterpiece The Hurting. Guest musicians include Ikey Owens (Mars Volte & Free Moral Agents), who played organ on Coma.
Their debut album La Belle Epoque- The Head Chord, The Heart Chord, The Base Chord, released in 2014, is composed of three EPs. The EPs highlight their diverse songwriting abilities which cross over into multiple musical genres including: darkwave, americana, trip hop, psychedelic and dream pop. La Belle Epoque has been widely praised by the press. Their first single, Coma, was debuted by My Old Kentucky Blog and premiered on My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU before the release of the album. Their second single, Light That Guides The Blind, debuted on PopMatters. The band also appeared in The Big Takeover Magazine with songs from each EP featured on DJ Jack Rabid's BreathThru Radio Show, Magnet, and The Aquarian Weekly.
La Belle Epoque also charted on radio stations all over the U.S. According to the CMJ Radio 200 charts, some of the stations include WVFS Tallahassee FL (P1) #5, KVMR Nevada City, CA (P1) (A) #8, KVCU Boulder CO (P1) #27, WXAV Chicago, IL #18, WUSB Stonybrook, NY #12. Light that Guides the Blind was was featured on NPR station WUGA Just Off The Radar in Atlanta, GA and they receive regular airplay on The Avant Garage on CJSW Radio Calgary, Canada.
La Belle Epoque was released in 2014 on the band's Medicina Records label. The release was produced, recorded and engineered by Reese Beeman and Lisa Lipkin in their home in Austin, TX. In addition to guitars and vocals, Reese Beeman played bass on all of the tracks and drums on Shame and M. Verre. They later added Wayne Duncan on drums to complete the album. When the writing was complete the band ended up with three distinct songwriting styles that still worked as single body of work with the signature sounds of Reese Beeman's and James Adkisson's guitar playing. This lead them to release La Belle Epoque as a triple EP that could be listened to as a long play album or as individual EPs.
The concept for the release was inspired by the film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer based on Patrick Süskind's acclaimed 1985 novel Das Parfum). In the film the fictional character, Giuseppe Baldini, illuminates how perfume, like music, is comprised of chords and notes when he says: "Just like a musical chord, a perfume chord contains four essences, or notes, carefully selected for their harmonic affinity. Each perfume contains three chords: the head, the heart and the base, necessitating 12 notes in all. The head chord contains the first impression, lasting a few minutes before giving way to the heart chord, the theme of the perfume, lasting several hours. Finally, the base chord, the trail of the perfume lasting several days. Mind you the Egyptians believed that one can only create a truly original perfume by adding an extra note, one final essence that will ring out and dominate the others…” Taking a cue from the fictional fragrance legend's theory on the intertwining of sound and scent, Austin, TX's HeadShy unveil their own sense of artful redolence on their debut full-length La Belle Epoque.
And what this uncanny combination have created with La Belle Epoque is nothing short of breathtaking in its luminous fusion of ENO-esque atmosphere, the 4AD label at its loveliest, Wild Bunch-style groove theory and the hefty depth of Boatman's Call-era Nick Cave.
To drive the conceptual point of La Belle Epoque home, in addition to its proper CD release, the group also made the collection available as a limited edition box set handmade by Beeman that contain three perfume bottles containing usb flash drives comprised of the songs featured within the parameters of each separate EP.
Portishead, Radiohead, Nick Cave, Spiritualized, Nina Simone, Fleet Foxes