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Sunbeam & the Lovely Ghost

by Sunbeam

This self-released album is an intimate epic. You'll be drawn in by the delicate musicianship and arrangements, and rhapsodic vocals, but ensnared by the big ideas woven into the fabric of these songs. In Brian's words, it's "an album about love and estrangement and forgiveness and hope."
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Old Man
3:37 $0.99
2. Honey
3:02 $0.99
3. Orange and Red
3:35 $0.99
4. Let it Go
3:10 $0.99
5. Bulldogs
4:19 $0.99
6. Siren
3:02 $0.99
7. Flicker
3:05 $0.99
8. Love, Love, Love
4:19 $0.99
9. The Garden
3:13 $0.99
10. The Greenest Lawn
3:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
This Just In: Sunbeam Release Show
by Chris Young on July 30, 2011
Oregon Music News

The wonderfully crafted sextet Sunbeam is not a calculated project at all. Rather, the “band formed really serendipitously,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Brian Hall, after he resolved to lighten up following several stymied, “serious” musical endeavors. As the story goes:

Brian wanted to stop taking himself so seriously. He decided to start a group that was more community focused. Weeks later he found himself rehearsing with his wife and friends. The chemistry was just perfect.

And although their formation was not premeditated, the release of their debut album, Sunbeam and the Lovely Ghost, has been labored over. Chemistry included, such a warm album could only be conjured up by a group with this namesake–a perfect release for a summer that has finally come.

The intimacy of opener “Old Man” draws you in like reading a private diary entry, giving you the first taste of Hall’s songwriting, which covers the gamut of emotions as it’s “an album about love and estrangement and forgiveness and hope.”

Also an album full of guy/girl harmonies, beautifully placed key accents, and robust horn touches (which were provided by David Swensen and Brian Fitzsimmons), Sunbeam’s standout “Honey” (above) would play nicely next to Blitzen Trapper’s “The Tree” while the swing of ”Bulldog” will have you humming along. ”Siren” and “The Garden” may incite blissful clapping and the lay-me-down-to-sleep delicacy of closer “The Greenest Lawn,” with a lonely horn and soft cymbal crescendo, wraps the album up pleasantly. It’s the simplicity, pulling elements away rather than piling them up, that reveals the balance between Sunbeam’s spontaneity and deliberate arrangement.

After an earlier residency at the White Eagle and the opportunity to play alongside Portland figures like Nick Jaina, Norman, Mike Coykendall (She & Him, M. Ward), and The Parson Red Heads, the band, which also includes Brian Hall’s wife Amy (percussion/vocals), Liz Palmer (keyboards/vocals), Charlie Morris (guitars/vocals), Adam Souza (bass/vocals), and Jon Collins (drums), will celebrate the release of Sunbeam and the Lovely Ghost at the LaurelThirst Public House on August 6th at 9pm, sharing the stage with Pine Language and On The Stairs. $6 at the door, 21+.



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