Feeling like I need a break from stout season and the nasty weather conditions it entails. I also realized today that I haven’t featured a wheat beer yet, so I’m giving @trailwaybrewing their due and cracking a can of Beyond Reality, which feels appropriate given the situation at hand. Going with the aesthetic pairing in the similarly transcendental & extremely weird Police Water EP from a mysterious synth pop maestro who goes by Gary War. There’s only like six songs on this thing but they are certified bonkers so it’s worth talking about. I’ve just realized that apparently @sacredbones put this out too, so that’s pretty cool I suppose. .
Fruited wheat beers aren’t usually my thing but I make it a general rule to always trust Trailway and they definitely have not let me down with this one. It boasts a bright, fresh raspberry bouquet (do raspberries come in bouquets?) on the nose, following up with the advertised fruit layered into a gentle, highly crushable light beer. That sub 5% gravity really helps in this case I feel, as these sorts of beers can get a bit too jammy or the adjuncts can end up clashing with a distinctly assertive grain bill but here the wheat adds a crisp, subtle sweetness that lets the berries take the spotlight. This helps round out the slight tartness as well, very much keeping this in weizen territory despite the sacrilegious but delicious additions to the beer. Impressed with how much I dig this, nice one! .
I’m on my second listen through Police Water and I imagine any sensible listener would be too in my position. It’s got a lot going on, almost too much going on you might think but somehow all those neon-lit flickering layers of synthesizer and processed drum machine come together into actual songs. Catchy songs, I think. War conjures grooves out of the most unlikely polyrhythms and warped time signature trickery. Though his vocals tend to be fuzzed, reverbed, and buried in the mix like you’re watching him belt all this out in some garage or basement somewhere, he rides these cosmic waves like they have entirely normal and predictable structures, which they most certainly don’t. Definitely takes you Beyond Reality though - 18 days ago