We are pleased to announce the new music label created by van garden and Beamer, aka JJ and Theo! The first release was van garden’s Poetic Reconstruction, vol. 1: Montreal. It is the first in a series of releases inspired by the spirit of place, childhood memories and spontaneous bursts of creative expression. It is notable also for the intricate layering of samples produced by van garden, including seven layers of solo drums, haunting guitar and medieval instruments.
beamer!’s first single and his 5 song ep PLANET BEAM! are also out now at Bandcamp, Spotify and Apple Music.
van garden and beamer! have grown up in a household where creativity is at the forefront, and thus began composing and recording at an early age, producing several unpublished albums even before their teens. They are inspired by underground rap, abstract hiphop and free jazz. Prolific performers, they have several more recordings slated for release in the coming year. Recently they also appear on Michel’s latest Ars Transmutatoria recordings in Helsinki and Rome, and Jeannette’s Opera of the Unspoken both as vocalists and lyricists.
In addition to producing music, beamer! is a freelance illustrator (see beam.illustrator on Instagram) and has created album art for a large range of artists, primarily rap and jazz musicians, as well as creating live drawing multimedia performances for several concerts and animated music videos that have been featured at a number of film festivals.
van garden is a full-time McGill university student with a wide range of interests and is currently finishing up his Psychology/ East Asian studies degree in Seoul, South Korea.