Album Review: Beach Plum by Arcy Drive
ALBUM – Beach Plum
ARTIST – Arcy Drive
LABEL – Grand Jury Music
Arcy Drive’s Beach Plum presents an exploration of modern anxieties through glowing synths and introspective lyrics. The album reflects a departure from their earlier work under the name of Widowspeak, taking on a more contemporary approach. Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, previously known for their moody interpretations of ’70s psychedelia and ’90s rock, showcase a new direction with tasteful minimalism on Beach Plum.
The album delves into themes of labour, death, and the passage of time. Hamilton’s honeyed tones and Thomas’s intricate guitar work create an atmosphere that resonates with both calm acceptance and a bright downward spiral. “Breadwinner” resonates with the hypnotic coziness of Mazzy Star, addressing the daily grind of work and the longing for uncomplicated romance.
While the album doesn’t take bold risks, it navigates the delicate balance between familiar indie rock vibes and a sharp, visionary approach. Some moments, like the sleepy arrangements of the final tracks, may fade into the background, but the album’s special, big moments shine through, offering a thoughtful reflection on the chaos embedded in our daily lives. Beach Plum serves as a tastefully small exploration of day-to-day concerns, proving that sometimes, less is indeed more.