A Beacon School

Cola, is the full-length debut from Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Patrick J Smith, whose previous credits include playing with Modern Rivals, BLUFFING and Fiasco. Having spent the last year working on a new project called Maxband with Max from Parquet Courts, A Beacon School marks Smith’s first entirely solo effort, allowing him to indulge his every musical impulse.

The FADER "Algernon", An Indulgent Acceptance Of Relaxation

"Smith adds layers of soothing guitars and vocals with ease, reaching a build-up that feels natural, without ever fully peaking"

PopMatters A Beacon School Shares "Fade In Nylon"

"Densely layered guitar and vocal work imbue the project's dreamy, soothing sound with a strong sense of early 2010s nugaze"

KCRW Track Premiere: A Beacon School “It’s Late”

"Like all the best music, my interest has been based on intuition mostly. The lyrical guitars, rhythmic patterns, and hushed vocals are well arranged and composed. Definitely in my wheelhouse (Jason Bentley quote)"

Impose Week In Pop: A Beacon School

"The result is a walk through a world of self-styled & well-tailored ambiance where everything from chord loops & atmospheres will fill the senses with delight vagaries that are hard to conventionally define & describe"

All songs by Patrick J Smith
Recorded 2013-2017

Mixed by Steve DePalo and Erick Lee
Mastered by Steve DePalo

Cover photo by Sarah Ryder
Cover design by Sarah Ryder and Kyle Stetz

  1. Algernon (4:13)
  2. I Don't Believe It (3:03)
  3. It's Late (6:06)
  4. Heat Wave (1:25)
  5. JCult (2:46)
  6. Cut Thru (3:45)
  7. Hum (1:38)
  8. Glue (2:22)
  9. Stay Away (1:47)
  10. Fade In Nylon (6:55)
  11. Ash (3:52)
A Beacon School