The notion of catharsis and healing through rock music is not a new one. We’ve all experienced chills and deep emotional responses to the music we love, and it’s doubly true for those who create it. Following the release of last year’s very personal “Worms/Year 5772” EP, Cold Beat, led by bandleader Hannah Lew (Grass Widow), is ready to unveil their first full opus, Over Me, which will be out July 8th on her own Crime on the Moon imprint. Lew sourced difficult personal experiences to create an immersive lyrical world sometimes fraught with paranoia, anxiety and impending doom, and also an exploration of hope and imagination-themes felt ever more acutely by a native San Franciscan artist in the midst of a tech boom cataclysm once again. Seething with circuitous anxieties, even teetering at times towards terror, Over Me ultimately marvels in the face of staggering unknowns. Over Me was recorded by Phil Manley (Trans Am) at Lucky Cat Studios in San Francisco, and mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, UV Race) in Australia.
Today, Lew offers the first single, “Mirror,” for reflection. A meditation on the duality of identity, the track rides tear-drop guitar leads into a buoyant chorus, then cascades mightily towards an exalted outro. If you pre-order Over Me via iTunes, you can receive an instant-grat mp3 download of “Mirror.” Also, Cold Beat will be touring the Northwest in late July and the east coast and Southern California in September. Stay tuned for dates.