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Album Review

The Beachwood Sparks are space cowboys — although their self-titled Sub Pop debut most closely recalls the sound of vintage Laurel Canyon country-rock, its shimmering twang-pop melodies and gorgeous harmonies bask in a kind of interstellar psychedelia which lends the album an otherworldly glow. The hypnotically dreamlike instrumental passages which wind their way through luminous country-pop moments like "Sister Rose," "Something I Don't Recognize," and "Old Sea Miner" completely transform the album's chemical makeup. Rooted in the earth but reaching for the stars, the group realizes Gram Parsons' "Cosmic American music" aesthetic in its truest sense.

Customer Reviews

The best Subpop band ever

Beachwood Sparks' stellar debut album is like wandering through the dessert on a summers night, with the stars to guide you and a campfire to keep warm. There was something magical in this band, and their releases are amongst the best of the decade.


this is one of those albums that just makes everything alright cool

Subtle Beauty!

At first glance to me this bands music was a little slow and unattractive in overall nature. After about Five minutes into this album I realized I was undoubtedly wrong! The way they present there sound, the use of imagery in the music in unison with the riveting beats was breathtaking! Overall this band and album ,to me is a prime example of natural and subtle beauty in music


Formed: 1998 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Los Angeles-based cosmic country-pop combo Beachwood Sparks were formed in mid-1998 by onetime Strictly Ballroom singer/guitarist Chris Gunst, slide guitarist/keyboardist Dave Scher, ex-Further bassist Brent Rademaker, and Lilys drummer Aaron Sperske. Inspired by the pioneering country-rock efforts of West Coast legends like the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Buffalo Springfield, the group issued acclaimed singles for Bomp! ("Desert Skies") and Sub Pop ("Midsummer Daydream") prior to the...
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