Heavenly Beat (aka John Peña) will return this October with his new album, Prominence, the follow up to 2012’s debut Talent.
The first single, “Complete“, premiered today. You can listen above via Soundcloud.
Prominence is the 2nd full length in as many years from Texas transplant John Pena. After shelving a full length’s worth of songs for not being sonically or emotionally interesting enough it was recorded/mixed over the first few months of 2013 in the same apartment (after a failed attempt to mix in a “real” studio) as last year’s Talent.
Using Primitive Radio God’s “Standing Outside A Broken Telephone Booth With Money In My Hand” as a sonic touch point John built a new album from the ground up. He utilized chopped/sampled drum breaks and, for the first time, some non-laptop based keyed instruments (piano, mellotron) along with H.B. main stays classical guitar and steel drums. Live members Christian Barsi and Daniel Schlett of Strange Weather Studio both contributed keys to a few songs, but the outcome is still very much a solo sounding project.