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Cold Beat Surrender to Synthesizers on ‘Spirals’


San Francisco’s Hannah Lew, an admitted insomniac, has always made music as Cold Beat that creeps along in the liminal state between awake and asleep. For her band’s second album, Into the Air (due September 4 via her own label, Crime on the Moon), she continues to move further away from her other project, Grass Widow. Settling down behind the synthesizer rather than picking up her guitar, Lew has spun a lovely, drum pad-driven, arpeggiated odyssey that recalls Chromatics or Nite Jewel.

“‘Spirals’ feels like one of the more honest songs I’ve written,” says Lew of the song. “It’s describing an emotional state of surrender. I really allowed myself to be vulnerable and express some feelings I might not have had access to in a normal band setting. It’s more intimate. Stepping away from guitars and leaning more towards electronic instruments seems like a natural evolution for the band right now.”

Listen here, and find the band’s handful of upcoming New York tour dates below.

Cold Beat tour dates:
September 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
September 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
September 20 – New York, NY @ Other Music (7:00 p.m.)
September 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn