Producer Ben Shirken aka Beshken has shared his debut album ‘Aisle of Palm,’ which is out now via his new record label 29 Speedway. You can take a listen to the chilled out album via Soundcloud below.
Since sharing a handful of singles since January, including Cursed and Passion, Beshken has shared the stage with breakout bands like Men I Trust and Crumb along with electronic artists such as Sporting Life and Macintosh Plus.
A highly personal testament to Beshken’s chameleonic dance between genres, ‘Aisle of Palm’ explores the point where acoustic recording and digital rendering meet. It is an effective lesson in how field recordings, synthesizers, and introspective lyrics can fuse into a musically complex, yet sonically accessible format. Beshken wrote the LP in late 2017 while living in Berlin, influenced by an existential chapter adapting to a foreign place and ruminating on sleepless nights. These periods of transition from place to place or wakefulness to sleep can be vulnerable and isolating–the first step in letting ones unconscious have agency. Beshken is content at this hypnagogic junction, seeing it as fertile ground for meditation and new Beginnings.
Beshken explains, “Aisle of Palm explores the feelings of delirious happiness, vitality, and anxiety brought on by transitional states existing in both perceived reality and dream states. The songs are a product of his own unnerving experiences with sleep paralysis, and on the contrary, the exhilaration felt from many late nights fueled by self exploration. Manic behavior can be brought on by lack of sleep while often thought loops pervade the mind and prevent one from sleeping. Some people who have restless sleep can feel like they are floating, falling, and separating from their bodies before slumber. Others claim that they hear strange noises, voices and music as well as weird mechanistic sounds like beeps and boops during these liminal states. What would these noises sound like if they were to be captured and recorded during these so-called hypnagogic states, and what feelings would they evoke? Aisle of Palm reckons with transitional states, not just between wakefulness and sleep, but between places and within the self. In these moments there exists beauty, levity, melancholy, and hysteria.“
Ben Shirken (a.k.a. Beshken) grew up in Los Angeles, where artists like Shlohmo, Teebs, Flying Lotus and iconic evenings like The Low End Theory created a musical foundation to which he was drawn. In L.A., Shirken was part of the group Partytime, remixing Corbin (Spooky Black) and Ryan Hemsworth. The duo performed with artists like Suicideyear, Karman, Girl Pool, and Groundislava at The Smell, Pehrspace, and other art spaces around the city.
In 2015, Shirken moved to New York and began performing in the city’s D.I.Y. scene, where his multi-instrumental and ever-evolving live shows brought him to hallowed venues like Palisades, Elsewhere, and the now-closed Cameo Gallery. While he shared bills with electronic musicians like Macintosh Plus and XXYYXX, Shirken also played with bands like Men I Trust, Crumb, and recently toured with Gus Dapperton. Additionally, Ben established himself as a DJ in New York, spinning eclectic sets of house and techno at The Lot Radio, Good Room and NTS Radio. ‘Aisle of Palm’ signifies an exciting stage in Beshken’s career that underscores his versatility as a producer and honesty as a songwriter.
‘Aisle of Palm’ track listing
4. Grey Ghost
5. Focus On
6. Know Your Name
7. White Gemini
9. Golden Sun
11. Light of Love
This Summer, Beshken will be headlining ‘Aisle of Palm’ album release parties in both New York and California. Tickets for the tour can be purchased here.
Beshken’s upcoming ‘Aisle of Palm’ album release show date:
Fri, July 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge