Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Owen Beverly learns French, records new disc at Charleston's Hello Telescope

French Camp's "Odd Particle"

Posted by Chris Haire on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Even though Owen Beverly moved away from Charleston a few years ago, the Holy City hasn't forgotten him and he certainly hasn't forgotten about us.

A little while back, Beverly and the rest of his New York-based band, French Camp, scheduled a recording session at Josh Kaler and Jay Clifford's downtown studio, Hello Telescope. The end result: Odd Particle, a haunting collection of ethereal dream pop.

"We were going for spookiness on a lot of the songs. Even on the sunnier tracks, there is a sort of eeriness that comes through," Beverly says. "I think records tend to develop their own personalities. The finished product can seem very cohesive and deliberate, but at least in this case we were discovering and rediscovering the sound every step of the way."

From the melancholy opener "Way to Your Heart," which conjures up Spoon bare-bones pop, to the doomsday flamenco of "Day of Dead" and "Albatross," a delicate ballad that sounds like a lonely life raft adrift on the sea, Odd Particle is a testament to Beverly's ever-growing skills as a songwriter and Kahler's emergence as a producer with a signature sound, one that he has developed over the years as a member of Slow Runner, his collaboration with Michael Flynn.

"We are all big fans of Slow Runner and their albums," Beverly says. "I really think Kaler is hitting his stride as a producer and engineer."

Beverly and his French camp mates — Benji Lee, Andrew Doherty, Edward Barton — hope to tour the Southeast this summer, but so far, no dates have been confirmed.

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