14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The 11 years between albums were still productive for Beachwood Sparks. After 2002’s Make the Cowboy Robots Cry, its members played with The Tyde, All Night Radio, Mystic Chords of Memory, Frausdots, and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. A reunion for Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary brought them back together, and from the warm and twangy opener, it sounds like they never went away. The dusky, backlit haze of “Forget the Song” picks up where 2001’s Once We Were Trees left off. An aptly titled “Sparks Fly Again” finds “Farmer” Dave Scher’s spectral inflections kissing new life into a familiar cosmic American backdrop. Bassist Brent Rademaker takes the mic in “Mollusk,” a loving psychedelic ode to the Venice Beach surf shop that serves as a hub for the wave-riding band. The shimmering “Leave That Light On” sonically approximates a flickering sunset on ocean surf before “Earl Jean” revisits the group's love for post-Parsons Byrds. With guest musicians Neal Casal, Ariel Pink, Darren Rademaker, Jen Cohen, and Jimi Hey, The Tarnished Gold isn’t just a Beachwood Sparks album—it’s a Beachwood Sparks celebration.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The 11 years between albums were still productive for Beachwood Sparks. After 2002’s Make the Cowboy Robots Cry, its members played with The Tyde, All Night Radio, Mystic Chords of Memory, Frausdots, and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. A reunion for Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary brought them back together, and from the warm and twangy opener, it sounds like they never went away. The dusky, backlit haze of “Forget the Song” picks up where 2001’s Once We Were Trees left off. An aptly titled “Sparks Fly Again” finds “Farmer” Dave Scher’s spectral inflections kissing new life into a familiar cosmic American backdrop. Bassist Brent Rademaker takes the mic in “Mollusk,” a loving psychedelic ode to the Venice Beach surf shop that serves as a hub for the wave-riding band. The shimmering “Leave That Light On” sonically approximates a flickering sunset on ocean surf before “Earl Jean” revisits the group's love for post-Parsons Byrds. With guest musicians Neal Casal, Ariel Pink, Darren Rademaker, Jen Cohen, and Jimi Hey, The Tarnished Gold isn’t just a Beachwood Sparks album—it’s a Beachwood Sparks celebration.

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