“It’s hard to turn heads with quote-unquote ‘experimental’ music,” says Beam. “I like doing stuff you haven’t really heard. I like to push myself and for me it wasn’t necessarily in reaction to other people but in reaction to my own sort of development. It’s hard to get more simplistic than the early stuff and so the only place you can go is more complex at the moment.”
Beam began recording in Chicago in April with longtime producer Brian Deck, working over several months in one-week bursts. “Then I would take it home and fool around with a bunch of weird synth stuff,” says Beam. “It’s like painting where you make a couple marks, go back and look, make a couple marks, go back and do another week.