Kitty Empire 

Beachwood Sparks: The Tarnished Gold – review

Beachwood Sparks' West Coast harmonies are finally having their moment, writes Kitty Empire
  
  

Before Fleet Foxes made harmonies hip again, LA's Beachwood Sparks were the relatively unsung heroes of the languid, folksy West Coast cowboy troubadour scene. It was a decade too soon for their Laurel Canyon tributes to chime with the wider public. Now, of course, their first new music in 11 years sounds like a prescription for uncertain times, the evergreen sigh of pedal steel soft against the prang of semi-acoustic, both wistful and resolved. A minor key Mollusk is their most Fox-like moment, but the best bits of The Tarnished Gold hark further back to the Byrds for their sense of breezy acceptance.

 

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