Alt-country rockers Beachwood Sparks are releasing a Desert Skies on November 20th. The “new” collection is the previously unreleased debut album by the Los Angeles band. Bassist, singer and one of the founding members Brent Rademaker wrote on the band’s website that the album was “recorded in late 1997 and early 1998 at the Space Shed in Sierra Madre, CA.” Rademaker continues:
Originally the recordings were being made to be released on xmAs records (the Christmas records offshoot that released the Further records) but after the group made a few singles, played a bunch of shows and fielded a few offers from a few major labels we found ourselves at a cross roads and eventually signed with Sub Pop, regrouped and made the Beachwood Sparks debut you all know… But was there another debut?
The answer, of course, is yes.
The Beachwood Sparks debut we all know came out in 2000 and was notable for its nod to the Southern California Laurel Canyon sounds of the Seventies, filled with Byrds-like jangly guitars, pedal steel, psychedelic acoustics and the spiritual guidance of Gram Parsons. Below, listen to “Make It Together,” showcasing the more rocking power-pop side of the band.