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Beauty & Sadness

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Horsebeach is the Manchester-based project masterminded by multi-instrumentalist and producer Ryan Kennedy. Two years on from the chiming majesty of II, he returns with Beauty And Sadness - ten rain-soaked vignettes touching on love, loss, regret and remorse. Conceptual, confessional and boldly melodic, it’s a deeply textured LP fusing the familiar C86 jangle with chirping synths, grooving rhythms and expansive ambience whilst meditating on break ups and fuck ups with striking lyrical honesty. 

Melancholic, but never miserable, Beauty And Sadness is a celebration in the exquisite pain of longing. Named after Yasunari Kawabata's 1964 novel of the same name – a book which helped Kennedy through a difficult breakup – the source of the album’s title gives a clue as to what lies within, as Ryan explains; “It's about regret and an overlaying sense of loss but also a realisation of the beauty of starting again. I found some beauty in sadness, as it forced me to re-evaluate everything.” 

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      Tracklist
      1. Theme For Beauty
      2. Alone
      3. The Highest Place
      4. How Far Must We Go?
      5. Breeze
      6. Theme for Sadness
      7. Beauty & Sadness
      8. My Heart Longs For You, Pizza
      9. Emilia
      10. I Must Work & I must Die
        Details

        Released: March 2017
        Cat: AT006LPX / Alone Together