Album Stream: Beach Comber – Parting Cuts

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When he’s not globetrotting with North Coast instrumental titans And So I Watch You From Afar, Belfast-based musician Rory Friers is known to keep busy. From scoring film soundtracks to concocting first-rate electronic sound as Thrash Hat, the musician is as versatile as he is driven.

Today, Friers marks a significant new chapter in his mottled sonic journey to date.

A very personal project that was was never intended for release, Friers said that perspective gleaned from lockdown has encouraged him to let the album out into the world. A diversion from both face-searing instrumentalism and shapeshifting beats, Beach Comber is a lo-fi indie moniker with very personal beginnings: holing up in small attic room in a remote north Antrim farmhouse a few years ago to make an album as a gift to his sister Ciara and her husband Dara on their wedding day.

The result is Parting Cuts, a wonderfully-woven, typically intricate mesh of experimental indie, baroque pop and psych-dappled folk from the musician.

Stream/buy the album in full, and watch the video for lead single ‘Two Set Sail’ below.

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