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Listen: NYC’s Chanel Beads Signs to Jagjaguwar and Share New Single ‘Police Scanner’

Chanel Beads has released his new single ‘Police Scanner’ along with its music video, as well as announcing his recent signing to Jagjaguwar.

Chanel Beads is the artist project of New York musician Shane Lavers, one that was created with the intention of making music that you can experience in the same way you “experience it in the moment”. Lavers started layering memos in a way that considered external noise a key part of the listening experience, extending out into sounds of the day to day, ultimately creating intricately detailed soundscapes and making a name for himself in New York’s DIY scene. ‘Police Scanner’ has been released alongside its music video which was edited by Alexa Terfloth. The video mixes clips of New York with live footage from Chanel Beads’ DIY shows, shot by Shane Roberts, Jackie Young, and Rin Parker.

This next chapter of Chanel Beads has been introduced today with ‘Police Scanner’, an art pop composition with layered strings and moody but steady percussion. The track is embellished with assorted vocals, ranging from a pitched up lead to an uncanny text-to-speech sample. Not only does that track’s patchwork instrumental provide textural and emotional depth, but it also remincises on the likes of Dean Blunt in its multimedia production and the way that it sits just slightly beyond any identifiable genre. Lavers explained that the track relates to “an anger at the lack of virtue in the world” whilst also questioning your own shortcomings, both Lavers’ coy lyricism and his collaged instrumentation deliver this tone of reflection.

Photo by Lauren Davis

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