Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, rising producer, sound engineer and conceptual musician, Ash Briody has recently released his debut LP, Everybody Outside under the moniker, The Beegles to a groundswell of reception.
Everybody Outside comes from a place where introverted exploration, darkness and creativity collide, “it’s a therapeutic reflection of my mental health,” explains Briody. “It reflects my personality entirely with depression, humour, jealousy, self loathing and generosity.”
Inspired by the modular technique of recording and frustrated with the traditional sense of writing with a band, Briody embraced and adapted the technique to fit his needs, “I didn’t want the songs to be learnt, rehearsed and recorded like a band would because I wanted a freshness to come across.”
The Beegles collage and pastiche-based music is difficult to pin down to one genre. Drawing inspiration from a variety of styles, The Beegles are set loose in a refreshing maze of genres; dreamy folk, indie rock, English pop, easy listening, jazz infusion, nature sounds, chill-wave, off-kilter synth-psych, backyard summer jams and more, develop like a lava lamp's warm molten wax, coalescing back and forth.
The tape-warped imperfections texture the music like some out-dated, richly coloured film stock, streaking and bubbling past your ears, which is highlighted impeccably on album standout, “Semaphore.”
Throughout, Everybody Outside, Briody manages to sing about struggles and tragedies with warmth and sympathy (“San Fran,” “Modern Loss,”), his sadness has a unique, bittersweet hope (“Steppin’ Out,” “Dream Team”), and instrumentally Briody finds “the songs come from striking moments of inspiration, usually written in bed or in my studio.” Everybody Outside features the input of various budding Melbourne musicians, brought together to assist Briody in creating an album of impressive standards.
Below the analytics and technical experimentations, are twelve eclectic, tangling tracks of personal anecdotes about relationships, loss, love and overcoming depression.
Briody has been coming into his own right as a producer and sound engineer in and around Melbourne; working with the likes of Empat Lima and Sugar Fed Leopards to name a few. Listeners expecting a simple project, will be surprised by the boldness and vision of The Beegles; it’s a testament of his ability as a producer, as well as a period piece; a period of which is now.