Beshken Aisle of Palm
Published Jun 14, 2019Having grown up in L.A. immersed in the experimental beat scene made prolific by the Brainfeeder crew and its many offshoots, producer and multi-instrumentalist Beshken (Ben Shirken) was drawn to artistry that would eventually end up influencing his own work.
With a solid foundation of his own, Beshken moved to New York in 2015 and fell into the city's DIY scene, flexing his multi-instrumental background and rolling them into his live shows. Beshken's debut album, Aisle of Palm, is a mix of both cities, lo-fi electronic blending acoustic recordings, samples of recorded conversations and Shirken's vocals — an oscillating soundtrack that moves between the lighter side of meandering ambient, and the thicker drops of heavy synths and exaggerated beats.
Static ushers in "White Gemini," as a snippet of recorded conversation between astronaut Ed White and the command centre flashes by. A breezy 4/4 follows, entangled by weighty synths and piano. On the flipside are tracks like "Grey Ghost" and "Focus On" that blithely trickle forward in a cloud of hazy vocals and dream-like soundscapes. Aisle of Palm is just the first release in a series of many for Beshken. (Independent)