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Beau
When September 20, 2016
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Where The Django 2 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013, USA
For Heather Golden Schwalb and Emma Rose Jenney, the duo behind the band Beau, music began as a collaborative hobby. The pair — who grew up in downtown Manhattan and attended PS 3 on Hudson Street — would toy with guitar riffs and songwriting in their free time together, recording the results on their phones and playing small local venues or friends’ art shows.

By the time they took an unplanned trip to Paris three years ago, they had accumulated a list of songs and were scheduled to play at Le Baron, the club run by the graffiti artist and night life entrepreneur André Saraiva. Saraiva, who is a close friend of Golden Schwalb and Jenney, had stealthily shared their music with Gildas Loaëc, the founder of the hybrid record and fashion label Kitsuné and Daft Punk’s former manager. When the women met Loaëc, “We were like, ‘How does he know we have music?’” Golden Schwalb explains. “We had a connection with him from the start.”

Beau’s self-titled debut EP, which was released in May, features five rollicking but melancholy songs; their sound has been described as a cross between Lana del Rey and Laura Marling. The song “C’mon Please,” whose music video premieres here exclusively, is a nod to Joni Mitchell’s line “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” Directed by the Los Angeles-based Nautico, the video starts in a stylized, staged manner until “everything starts to fade and go crazy,” Golden Schwalb says. With shots cut to the rhythm of the song, “we wanted it to be really interesting to watch and exciting — kind of like candy,” she adds. (Specifically, Jenney elaborates, Pop Rocks.) Like their first video, “One Wing,” flowers both in bloom and wilting are a recurring motif. “I think we’re contrasting this beauty and this darkness,” Jenney says. “What can be underneath it all that isn’t obvious.”

With their first album, whose cover was shot by Ryan McGinley, expected to drop March 2016 and a show scheduled on Sept. 21 at Jesse Malin’s new East Village spot, Berlin, they’ve come a long way from playing at high-school house parties. Still, Golden Schwalb reasons, “Those were the most nerve-racking times. Since then, we’re prepared.”

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