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Beauty Steps’ return to Milwaukee music scene bears fruit

A blurred photo of a man with long hair, glasses and a beard standing next to a man with close-cropped hair whose head is tilted back in a scream.
Allie Holloway

Every week, Milwaukee Music Premiere connects the city’s artists with our listening audience. If you’re an artist with a track you’d like us to debut exclusively on Radio Milwaukee, head over to ourMusic Submission page to learn how.

For every Milwaukee Music Premiere, we get notes from the artist — insights about the song, the album it’s on and themselves. Sometimes, those notes are so delightful, you just get out of the way and let them do the talking. Today is one of those times.

First, some context. We’re premiering “Peaches” by Beauty Steps, the duo of D’Amato and Robert John Weiss. It’s the first single off debut album Show Me Where, which will be out in May 2023.

Cover art for the music single "Peaches" shows a grainy, black-and-white image of a woman layered over itself.
Allie Holloway
Covert art for Beauty Steps' single "Peaches."

They can take it from there:

“Peaches” … is a psychedelic dream-pop rendezvous that makes sound and light of life’s impermanent grist; from abandonment and withdrawal to love and awestruck gratitude. It’s an aural snapshot of a nosedive since resolved and a lush reminder of the high/low, top window to the pavement. “Peaches” manages to tie a bow around the inevitable with a whimsical aplomb and a stiff upper lip. What’s that smell? Oh, it’s just the rotting of life’s most tender and vulnerable fruit.

That … is nothing short of poetry.

I’ll do the more plain-spoken version. This is a groovy-bordering-on-funky song. It’s driven by D’Amato’s bass line, with crisp percussion and bright keyboards that build toward an increasingly frantic instrumental covering the last 75 seconds or so.

Based on the artist-provided notes, I’m 82% sure that sound will carry over to the rest of Show Me Where, which they described as “[nine] tracks of dense existential pound cake, warm and heavy in the headphones.” Enjoy this slice on your listening device of choice — 88.9 on the radio and our mobile app, or on demand right at the top of this page.