[LISTEN] Beatenberg talk music, new album and more on the #CokeTop40JHB

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12 Views Of Beatenberg will be the first record by the band to be initially released much further afield than their South African habitat. Fronted by guitar-wielding Matthew Field, with Robin Brink on percussion and Ross Dorkin on bass, Beatenberg is a Cape Town-based trio of tinkerers drawing from the vast oeuvre of South African pop sounds to bring insight and intellect to a genre often without. Their 2014 debut, The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg LP was a sun-kissed, Afro-rhythmic and moreish record where melody meant everything and is worth digging out; a real gem that did much for them at home and helped to sew the initial seed for 12 Views Of Beatenberg ’s creation.

The #CokeTop40JHB team of Zweli & Mantsoe sat down with the trio ahead of their performance at Huawei Joburg Day in the Park on 4 May 2019.

The band exploded on the scene and then took some time off...

We were trying to get our social media waxed in the tie that we took off (laughs). We were basically working on the album and spent a lot of time touring. The Mumford & Sons tour also took up a lot of our time.


In the time off, the band also signed an international record deal with Island Records.

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It was a big decision for us. It's something we wanted and we worked on it for a while. It had been on the cards for a while but the Mumford EP catapulted the process. It took something like that for people to take action.


The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg was an absolute smash album that took off globally. It's never easy for a band to follow-up such a strong offering, so what makes the 12 Views of Beatenberg so special?

Development of the feeling. There's good energy, good rhythms, and good music. We're trying to be ourselves and trust our intuitions.


The 12 Views of Beatenberg is an exploration of the album. It was about a view within us and then our own personal views.


The band had some incredible insights into the new album and them as a band.

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We can't wait to see them on the Huawei Joburg Day in the Park stage on 4 May 2019. Be sure to get your tickets and watch them perform their latest album LIVE.

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In early 2016, The Hanging Gardens garnered the attention of Mumford & Sons, who flew in for the first tour of South Africa. At first listen, they shoe-horned Beatenberg onto all their live line-ups and invited them into the studio to record the Johannesburg EP alongside Senegal’s Baaba Maal and Malawi-London fused The Very Best.

The album won an impressive seven South African Music Awards, with two tracks occupying #1 spots for 36 consecutive weeks. Hoping to enjoy the same warm reception in their continued journey abroad, 12 Views sees the band exploring new territories across the globe as well as within their musical selves.

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Those boys have serious chops!

Marcus Mumford, Mumford & Sons

The 12 Views is mainly a reference (via division by a third) to Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mt Fuji. In Hokusai’s series of 36 prints, the mountain – which is a volcano – is represented as seen from 36 different positions in the surrounding region and throughout the seasons. What I like is how inventive and varied these ‘views’ are. The mountain is sometimes snowy, sometimes fiery, sometimes pale, sometimes just an outline; sometimes the mountain is the central focus of the image, but sometimes it is just a little triangle on the horizon of a completely separate scene. I have lived in Cape Town almost all my life and while working on this album I instinctively and vaguely plugged Table Mountain into this scheme as a kind of Mt Fuji... In my mind Table Mountain became, very loosely, a symbol for a kind of constant, unavoidable but sometimes stifling awareness of one’s place in the world and history. This is maybe the most meaningful way that the title reflects concerns and considerations throughout the work.

Matt, Beatenberg

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Album tracklisting

  • Full Length Mirror

  • Camera

  • Aphrodite

  • She’s Not Like That

  • Common Time

  • Dark Glasses

  • Stamina

  • Ode Slowed

  • M3

  • Stamina Vignette

  • Ode To The Berg Wind

  • Naomi

  • Bowerid

  • Spirit Level

  • I Won’t Take No For An Answer

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