The soundscapes of the South Pacific, mellow and smooth without haste. Beach was formed in Queenstown, New Zealand between a guitar player who sings like a crocodile and a beautiful songstress who was in search of a guitar boy. Beach have toured all over the globe and tend to frequent warm relaxing places. The rest of the band was formed by chance meetings and good luck. The first beach album is achieving great critical success but so far has not reached the commercial success of Coca Cola. The newest Beach album is nearing completion and sounding very cool indeed.
beach is one of the gems of the beautiful South Pacific. Perfect to de-stress after life catches up with you. Favorites must be the hypnotic "Janey" , the sensual moodiness of "walking wild", the road trip acoustic "coolest light" , a quiet tear for "march angel" and the melancholic optimism of "nothing". Jessie Coutts' voice sends shivers through my speakers and her moody sexiness made a fan out of me. - Julien Calrique - CDB
Vocals / songs - Jessie Coutts
Guitar / songs - Mathurin Molgat
Beach guests : Don Rooke, Iain McNally, Paul Pasmore, Randy Cooke
Beach performed as showcase artists at the NXNE Music Festival in Toronto and were featured performers at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards in New Zealand. Beach have performed in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and in Europe. Beach sounds were heard on Fiji on an 8 week tour.
"I wake up soaked again, I think the rain's still getting in, open view to the Southern Cross" - from "coolest light" - beach
...a warm breeze blows through this debut album by New Zealand band "beach". Beautiful melodies from sexy vocalist Jessie Coutts whose voice soars through 11 finely crafted songs supported by
stellar musicianship. Subtle hints of Morcheeba. "4stars+"
- Brendan Jimminey - Sounds Alive
Brooding, dream-like and sophisticated, Beach, with it's
songwriting team of Jessie Coutts and Mathurin Molgat,
shimmers with musical maturity. Coutts' voice - the CDs
centerpiece - sits on a bed of heavily processed guitars,
keyboards and percussion at times blending to become
another instrument. "Janey" features a hypnotic vocal refrain
which gets under the skin. Unusual but effective song
structures and loping, sometimes brooding grooves
reminiscent of UK band Portishead.
- Kevin Thomas- Mountain Scene
Jessie Coutts and her band beach deliver a stunning first album full of the mysteries of the South Pacific. Her voice is full of understated beauty and haunting melody. A smooth, layered sound. (Moody and captivating live show too...)
- Helena Kernova - Music EX