DONALD BEAMAN — Fog On Mirror Glass

DONALD BEAMAN — Fog On Mirror Glass

Mesmerizing songs and vocals make for compelling album

Fog On Mirror Glass introduces a new aesthetic amongst Donald Beaman albums. After four albums of varied full-band arrangements, this album emerged as an idea to present solo performances in conversation with full-band work. The bulk of the songs were recorded in the same place they were written: Beaman's living room. Long time bandmate and producer Kirt Lind set up a makeshift studio at Beaman's house to record the guitar parts in that same room where (and with the same guitar on which) they were written.

The natural reverb of that room became the first sonic identity of the album. From those initial guitar tracks, very spare additional guitars, keyboards, accordion, and backing vocals have been added. A few additional songs were tracked live with drummer Michael Nalin and bassist Kirt Lind. Those songs serve as a bridge, but the core identity of the album is to present the songs of Beaman, as a songwriter, unadorned and in their original form. The result is captivating.

Unfurling with measured pace, the album combines elegiac lyrics with elemental arrangements played with an almost jazz-like expressiveness, calling to mind the works of Cass McCombs and Jake Xerxes Fussell. Opener Glass Bottom Boat sets the tone, with just Beaman and his guitar – written during the final months of a decade-long stay in New York City, the song was finished upon Beaman's arrival back in California. Meanwhile the title track, long a staple in live sets, lands near the middle of the album to recalibrate the mood, featuring the ghostly guitar work of longtime collaborator Ken Lovgren. Old Universe is propelled by the brushwork of drummer Michael Nalin and the jaunty bass playing of Kirt Lind. The album ends with Beaman and his guitar on the closer Bamboo.

Now residing in Northern California, Beaman has released four albums so far: Donald Beaman (2015), Duration (2017), Open Field (2019), and Sunlight On The Platform (2021). He performs both solo and with a backing band. Beaman has shared the stage with Jonathan Richman, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Hurley, Mdou Moctar, Marisa Anderson, William Tyler, Xylouris White, Shannon Lay, Mary Lattimore, Six Organs of Admittance, and Little Wings.

Prior to his return to the west coast, as a member of The Double, Beaman was at the epicenter of the New York City music scene of the early to mid 2000s. The Double released three albums – including Loose in the Air, on Matador Records; recorded a John Peel Session for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios; and toured extensively throughout the United States and in Europe, sharing the stage with: Feist, The Black Keys, Interpol, M83, Ratatat, The Mountain Goats, The Go-Betweens, Cass McCombs, TV On The Radio, Blonde Redhead, and others.

Beaman’s fifth album, Fog On Mirror Glass, is set for release on Oakland, CA based Royal Oakie Records. For more details, including May/June tour dates, please see below.

Fog On Mirror Glass — Album Credits

  • Donald Beaman - guitar, vocals
  • Kirt Lind - bass, keyboards
  • Michael Nalin - drums
  • Jen Benoit - backing vocals: “Awhile” & “Usual Phantom”
  • Ken Lovgren - second guitar: “Fog on Mirror Glass”
  • All songs by Donald Beaman © ​ 2024 Rare Object
  • Recorded & mixed by Kirt Lind except “Fog On Mirror Glass” recorded by Scott Barwick ​
  • Mastered by David Glasebrook
  • Design by Jason Gardinier & Donald Beaman
  • Photography by Donald Beaman

Fog On Mirror Glass — Album Lyrics & Track Notes

Donald Beaman "Fog On Mirror Glass" lyrics.pdf 53 KB Donald Beaman "Fog On Mirror Glass" track notes.pdf 28 KB

Donald Beaman Tour Dates May/June 2024

May 15th - IVY ROOM - Albany, CA w/ Aux Meadows & The Sunshine Bores

May 16th - SATELLITE OF LOVE - San Luis Obispo, CA w/ Little Wings

June 14th - 1078 GALLERY - Chico, CA

June 29th - GREATER GOODS - Ojai, CA w/ Michael James Tapscott

June 30th - MAKEOUT ROOM - San Francisco, CA w/ Michael James Tapscott

Release Details

  • May 3rd 2024 - Release of first single Glass Bottom Boat
  • May 24th 2024 - Release of second single Old Universe
  • June 14th 2024 - Digital album release (except UK)
  • September 20th 2024 - US/Canada vinyl/CD/cassette release
  • October 25th 2024 - EU vinyl/CD/cassette release
  • October 25th 2024 - UK vinyl/CD/cassette & UK digital release

For more info please contact...

Mal Smith & Chris Carr
Mal Smith & Chris Carr Delta PR
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