Photo by Charles HallBrown Shoe is made up of four brothers—Aaron, Bryson, Ryan and Landon Baggaley. Their music has been described as an “imaginatively dense soundscape…alongside steady awe-inspiring rhythms and uplifting melodies.” Their four albums (The Wheat Patch, Vanity, Jackalope and The Gift Horse) received broad radio play, charted on CMJ, and garnered numerous TV placements. Their sound has drawn comparisons to Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Mumford and Sons, The Red House Painters, Bon Iver, and The National. In recent years Brown Shoe has crisscrossed North America a number of times, playing festivals, clubs, and colleges, winning over a diverse fan base across the country.
'Â Lonely Beast' is Brown Shoe's follow up to 2011's The Gift Horse and their first release since moving from Northern California to Los Angeles.
With spacious ambience and haunting beauty 'Lonely Beast' soaks deep into you. Listen below
Brown Shoe’s fifth release, Lonely Beast, is a full-length album broken up into three EP’s, the first of which will be released on February 25, 2014. The idea behind breaking it up into three parts is a convoluted one; you could chalk it up to the changing landscape of digital media (or whatever), or to the shrinking attention span of the general public.
"You could call it a “think piece,” says Bryson, “(just kidding.)” But really, when the idea presented itself, the final point was this: Why not?"The band has always been pulled in two directions: simple and smart, and loud and big. Three EP’s means three concentrated sessions of recording and producing, rather than one long, protracted one. It means circumventing the pressure to release ten or twelve songs all at once simply because that’s the format an album was supposed to adhere to not that long ago. The band will write these new songs because that’s what’s exciting to them. It’s a way for them to be excited pretty much all the goddamn time, and to make music for people that feel the same.