Here’s a name you probably haven’t heard for a while: Beach Tiger. That’s because the Charleston synth pop band has been on hiatus since late 2017. The Beach Tiger hiatus followed a string of singles released between 2015 and 2017 that have been making the Spotify rounds all over the world. As of my writing this, 2016’s “Companion” is approaching one million streams, and the rest of their music is steadily climbing into the hundreds of thousands.
At the end of 2017, Beach Tiger frontman and songwriter Taylor McCleskey decided to take a break from the project for a while. During his year away from Beach Tiger, he released a few songs under the name Kit Kazar, made a board game, and dove into some early 90s sitcoms. The rest of the band moved on to other projects, with bass player Eric Mixson joining The Artisanals, and keyboardist Zac Crocker and drummer Blake Shorter each embarked on their own endeavors, which I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about in the year to come.
One night, Taylor found an old hard drive filled with tracks that he had recorded over the years, but never got around to releasing them. He spent a few weeks going through the material, and narrowed down three tracks to release and bring Beach Tiger back to life as a solo project. The recordings were mostly complete when Taylor rediscovered them, so he linked up with Matt Zutell over at Coast Records to finalize the mix. The result is a brand new Beach Tiger EP called Easy Livin’ Dreaming.
The first single off the new Beach Tiger EP is called “Numb”, and it premiered earlier this week with Atwood Magazine. The rest of the EP will be released on January 24th via Coast Records. Listen to “Numb” below.