Beachwood Sparks: “Forget The Song”
It’s been over a decade since we heard anything on wax from Beachwood Sparks. But on June 26, the purveyors of the neo-Laurel Canyon sound, are returning to release a new record called The Tarnished Gold.
The group formed in 1998 and took their sonic inspiration from the trail-blazing SoCal cosmic country-rock sounds of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Flying Burrito Brothers. The band released their eponymous debut in 2000 to strong reviews, but it was their 2001 sophomore record Once We Were Trees that really set the group alight. There are jangly guitars and intricate harmonies aplenty, but also a stronger emphasis on psych and dream pop. There’s also a Sade cover to boot (“By Your Side”). The band decided to go on an indefinite hiatus after their 2002 mini-record Make the Cowboy Robots Cry.
They reunited briefly in 2008 to help their label Sub Pop ring in its twentieth anniversary. Four years later and Beachwood Sparks is back (and it looks like for a while), and this time with a new album in tow. The Tarnished Gold‘s lead track is today’s song of the day. “Forget The Song,” with its easy-going, delicate groove and lovely harmonies, is the perfect compliment for a full moonlit California night.