Gorgeous Chamber Pop Ditty from SoCal. - A.Roc Beta: Right Now
posted 26 Dec 2023 by Krister Axel
Los Angeles-based performer and composer Angel Roché Jr. returns with a Folk-inspired reminder to take life day by day.

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We've written about A.Roc Beta before. He's an old friend of the CHILLFILTR® blog, going all the way back to the late 90s where Angel and Krister were both members of the short-lived indie rock band Revolver, based in Los Angeles & briefly shopped to Elektra by EMI.

Since then, he's kept busy with a number of different musical projects as composer, drummer, instrumentalist, and vocalist. Out this week, his new single "Right Now" is a soothing and heartfelt chamber-pop ballad featuring an acoustic fingerstyle guitar, a tight string arrangement, subtle elements of pedal steel, and an airy vocal presence that brings to mind the understated vibe of someone like Sufjan Stevens, or a chilled-out Sean Beam.

Leaving behind the noise
For something that brings us joy
No troubles inside our minds
There's nothing that we won't try, right now

By blending elements of a Folk ballad with Americana and Country music, while also deftly fleshing out the harmony with an arrangement for strings, A.Roc Beta delivers a poignant and mellifluent exploration of personal space in a modern context. "Right Now" reminds us that we have the power, and perhaps even the responsibility, to be self-advocates in the face of an increasingly chaos-driven lifestyle. The "sweet remedy" of personal stillness is only available to those who understand the importance of setting clear boundaries.

A.Roc Beta offers a clear-minded and optimistic testimony, rooted in classic themes of folk-pop, that the quintessential aspect of life is always the current moment.

We love this song, as a perfect way to set intention for the new year. Enjoy!

Visit A.Roc Beta on Spotify or Apple Music.

About the Author


Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.

Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist