“You have to admit that it’s a beautiful place,” sings Beans on Toast on his latest single. And he’s right, folks. This is a bright, shining song about the beauty of our world and a message of hope for everyone in it. It’s an anthem for togetherness and collaboration and all we can achieve when working in partnership. Both sonically and lyrically, ‘A Beautiful Place’ is designed to bring cheer, joy and hope to your day and it’s impossible not to engage with the positivity as Beans paddles in the waves. Beans himself says: “‘A Beautiful Place’ is hopeful, optimistic and downright happy. A celebration of humanity at large, the beauty of the world and the randomness of our existence. It’s fresh, fun and will put a smile across your face.”
The single is taken from Beans on Toast’s forthcoming album ‘Survival of the Friendliest’, which is named after one of the lines in the song. The new album was written earlier in 2021 as a counter-balance to online negativity and the dreariness of the winter months. Beans explains: “I wrote ‘Survival of the Friendliest’ when the bad news was everywhere. I switched off social media, looked to nature and zoomed out to write songs about a bigger, longer and stranger story. There are no songs about Brexit, about coronavirus, about climate catastrophe. I’d sung those songs already. I’m not naive to the challenges we face as a species and I’m not ignoring that. But in order to tackle our current predicament, I feel we need to be in a good place mentally and spiritually. This is an album about finding that peace in preparation for the road ahead.” The album title was also inspired by the book ‘Humankind’ by Rutger Bregman, which helped shape the songs. Beans says the book: “…explains why humans are fundamentally good and generally nice, we just get confused and focus on the negatives easily. The title of the album points to the overarching theme, but as you can imagine things deviate a little, it’s a Beans on Toast record after all.”
This is delightful music, created with the express intention of making you feel better. Enjoy it and look out for the new album on 1st December 2021.