Album: Beachwood Sparks, Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop)


Beachwood Sparks are the group whose 2000 debut effectively kick-started the whole revival of laidback, harmony-draped Californian country-rock.

In the wake of the success of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, they've reunited to make their first album in 11 years, and it's a lovely, warm-hearted gem, from blissful opener "Forget the Song" through to the delicate farewell of "Goodbye". Throughout, harmonies and guitar textures combine in a lambent glow that carries gentle hippie hopes and dreams.

Download: Forget the Song; Tarnished Gold; Sparks Fly Again; Talk About Lonesome