NY/LA genre-hopping duo Javelin have announced the release of their second full-length Hi Beams, out March 5 with Luaka Bop. The first single is ‘Nnormal’ The band has announced headlining spring tour dates and will return to SXSW this year.
Javelin (cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk) recorded and mixed Hi Beams at Machine With Magnets (Pawtucket, RI) using proper microphones, a vintage mixing desk, an array of amplifiers, real plate reverb – in the traditional sense a “studio album.” Previous work had been cobbled together in home studios and mixed on computer. On this record, Javelin aimed for a sound they could not have achieved by themselves.
Hi Beams represents a more holistic approach to writing and recording than previously attempted by the band. The lyrics and vocal harmonies for the first time are foregrounded in decidedly songlike forms. The songs were made to be performed in concert rather than as a patchwork of fragmented glittery shards. They cover a broad range of territories: homage to the strangeness of being a performer; encountering beauty and the void in the natural world; light, sky, stars, moon; gravity, delivered with levity…
Hi Beams follows the duo’s 2011 western-inspired Canyon Candy EP, their No Más LP in 2010, and their 2009 self-released debut Jamz n Jemz. Javelin has played shows and toured with Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Future Islands, Matt & Kim, Warpaint, Major Lazer, performed at Lollapalooza and The Whitney Museum, as well as parties across the US, Europe, and South America. In this time the duo has become an in-demand production and remixing team, working with everyone from Neon Indian and Lucky Dragons, to G-Side and Tom Ze.
Hi Beams Tracklisting
1. Light Out
8. City Pals
9. Garth Hudson
10. The Stars
Javelin Headlining Tour Dates
1/31 – Baltimore MD – Floristree
2/1 – Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium
2/2 – Providence, RI – Machines With Magnets
3/19 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
3/20 – Montreal, QC – Drones Club
3/21 – Toronto, ON – Parts & Labour
3/22 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
3/23 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
3/24 – St. Louis, MO – Cherokee
3/25 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
3/26 – Atlanta, GA – 529
3/27- Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade
3/28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat