Escapements, Beacon's second album, continues the move towards the dance floor heard on last year's L1 EP. Where the lyrical themes of The Ways We Separate dealt with distance and isolation, mirrored in the music's sparse arrangements, Escapements is preoccupied with time and entropy (the title itself is a reference to clock mechanics). Beacon set those ideas to music with increased energy. Drum & bass, in its lightest possible form, gives "Cure" a jittery sensation. The breakbeats‚ provided by Tycho drummer Rory O'Connor‚ hit pretty hard in You're Wondering, ending the album with Beacon's version of a dance floor crescendo. Preserve also suggests the duo aren't strangers to club music, with its clipped house beat and a structure that has more small peaks and troughs than their earlier tunes.
"Weaving through the skeletal beats and eddying spirals of synths and tones is Thomas Mullarney's gently soulful voice, a constant in spite of the musical mixed messages he presides over. On tracks like the skittering, pared-back drum 'n' bass of 'Cure', Mullarney's vocal drifts through the mix like an anxious, restless wraith, carrying a tender emotional resonance that seems wonderfully at odds with the muted atmosphere of the music. This is a strong record that's all the more powerful for being so wonderfully, majestically disjointed." Clash 7/10
1. IM U
3. Running Out
5. Better or Worse
11. You're Wondering