There is a striking balance on Beyond the Sea between traditional beatmaking and the languid pace and loose ends of his earlier work. There’s the breakbeat bounce of opener “Lava Flows,” the cloud-hopping steel drums which close out “Animals,” the warped drone of “Forager,” and the loopy, last call lounge of “Ghosts.”
“I did a lot more experimenting on this record,” Feighan says. “Until now, everything had been samples taken from vinyl. On this record, I played a lot of guitar, bass, keyboard, and some percussion.” In Monster Rally’s earlier work, the slight skips at the end of the loops had a homespun charm. But on Beyond the Sea, the music begins to feel seamless.