Back in March, extraordinary percussionist and composer Qasim Naqvi announced the reelase of Beta, the follow-up to last year’s Teenages which was one of our 15 Album Picks of 2019. Beta is meant as a sister release to Teenages, and just like it, was brought to life using the analog modular synthesizer Naqvi built over the course of two years. Originally slated for a Record Store Day release through Erased Tapes, the new record will now be released on June 20th, coinciding with the first ever Love Record Stores Day, and digitally on July 3rd, which will be Bandcamp’s Artist Appreciation day.
we had already heard the striking ‘Matic’, and now Naqvi has shared another taste from Beta called ‘Onna At Pulse’, saying this about it:
“Onna at Pulse was the first piece of music I made with an extremely rudimentary modular synthesiser. I had just acquired two components and I wrote this simple exposition as an exercise to see what the machine would do. It was like teaching one eyeball to blink.”
Take a listen to ‘Onna at Pulse’ below.