After listening to my usual music and finding myself in a rut, I wanted something new and fresh. Not that the bands I love were getting stale, I just wanted some new sound that I had not heard yet. Occasionally you need to hear something new and sometimes, when you search for that something, you find exactly what you are after. That was the case with Beta Radio.
Why This Album?
I am not sure who recommended this band, maybe it was a coworker or maybe it was an algorithm in Spotify that suggests bands you might like, no matter where the recommendation came from I was directed to the band Beta Radio. Now, I love singer songwriter/ folk music and, but, as the genre grows, I have found it more and more challenging to find something that sounds unique and special. This is what I found with today’s album.
There is something familiar and comforting about Colony of Bees. I can’t place my finger on it but it feels like the comforting music from my past has found a way to traverse across time and space to form something new for my middle aged ears to listen too. The music of Benjamin Mabry and Brent Holloman is some of the most inviting music I have heard in years. The fullness of the album coupled with their kind and friendly voices reminds me of more innocent times and just puts me in a good place.
This is a band who I can see sounding as great around a camp fire as they do on a well produced album. Their music evokes the subtleties of folk music, the slight twang of classic country and a touch of the charm of early Simon and Garfunkle. While well produced, they manage to have a minimalist sound to them that creates a crisp and clean tone to each and every track making each song a unique auditory experience that demands repeated listening.
This is one of those rare beautiful albums that evokes the same emotion and sense of wonder that a sunset or a the discovery of a new Monet would evoke. They are artists who use music instead of brushes to paint the most vibrant and thoughtful songs you are likely to ever hear. It is a perfect album, one that should be listened to from start to finish but has those singular moments that you want to cherish forever.
I adore the opening track, Take My Photograph. I can’t say why, but it is incredible.
Halfway through, the track First Began is presented and it is something to behold.
finally Sitting Room has an almost ethereal sound that is as haunting as it is incredible.
Heck, every track on this album is astonishing and these tracks, even though they are fantastic, do not do the album justice.
Ok, Where do I get it?
You can pick this one up from Bandcamp in a digital format for around $8. If you want to give it a try first, give it a go on Spotify. It is really worth your time.
I hope to one day see these guys live, I can only imagine that they put on a great performance.
Late to the Game 12/8/2020 (Originally published 9/3/2019)
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