The Beths NEW ALBUM EXPERT IN A DYING FIELD
Ivy League Records is elated to release Expert In A Dying Field, The Beths’ brilliantly crafted third album; a culmination of the noisy, cerebral indie-rock-meets-power pop of their first two records, imbued with an electric shock of new confidence. Expert In A Dying Field is a record meant to be experienced live, and Melbourne fans were treated to just that as the band kicked off their Australian headline tour last night. The tour continues tonight at the Metro Theatre (Sydney), Sat Sep 17 at The Triffid (Brisbane), Tue Sep 20 at The Gov (Adelaide) and Wed Sep 21 at Magnet House (Perth).
Ahead of today’s release, fans were treated to singles ‘Knees Deep’, a brilliantly crafted ode to those of us who struggle with taking leaps; the tender and dynamic album title track, ‘Expert In A Dying Field’; and the propulsive ‘Silence Is Golden’. Expert In A Dying Field is a capsule of The Beths’ most electrifying and exciting output yet: the third LP from the New Zealand quartet houses 12 jewels of tight, guitar-heavy songs that worm their way into your head, an incandescent collision of power-pop and skuzz. With Expert, The Beths wanted to make an album meant to be experienced live, for both the listeners and themselves. They wanted it to be fun — to hear, to play — in spite of the prickling anxiety throughout the lyrics, the fear of change and struggle to cope.
Elizabeth Stokes strings it all together through her singular songwriting lens, earnest and self-effacing, zeroing in on the granules of doubt and how they snowball. Did I do the wrong thing? Or did you? And are we still good people at the end of it? She isn’t interested in villains, but instead interested in just telling the story. That insecurity and thoughtfulness, translated into universality and understanding, has been the guiding light of The Beths’ output since 2016. In the face of pain, there’s no dwelling on internal anguish – instead, through The Beths’ music, our shortcomings are met with acceptance. And Expert In A Dying Field is the most tactile that tenderness has been.