It’s really good to have these guys back. Last week while watching the ‘Beachwood All-Stars’ set at the Fleetwood Mac tribute in LA, I was reminded of how the band really knows its way around a cover – specifically their left field re-imagining of Sade’s “By Your Side“, a highlight of their sophomore album, Once We Were Trees. Here, the Sparks transform the quiet storm R&B of the original into a slice of evergreen, golden coast, mellow. Complete with lilting pedal-steel and harmonica, it comes off more Topanga love song, than jet-set Heathrow.
Beachwood Sparks third LP, The Tarnished Gold, is out this week via Sup Pop. More on that later.
MP3: Beachwood Sparks :: By Your Side (Sade Cover)