This week’s five, free musical morsels include a throw-back from The Beta Band, who are celebrating an anniversary. Then, we share new work from station-favorites Guster, The Watson Twins, and Phosphorescent, who come to play The Observatory in Santa Ana on November 14 and The Belasco Theatre on November 15. And we wrap the week up with a song recorded right here on Morning Becomes Eclectic by Hatchie, who is back in LA for a show at The Bootleg this Saturday night.
Innovative and avant-garde, The Beta Band didn’t yield many recordings during their short time together, but what they did release still sounds fresh. Marking the 20th anniversary of their compilation, The Three EPs, a newly re-mastered vinyl pressing has been issued, proving that tracks like today’s selection, “Dr. Baker,” sounds just as good today as they did in 1998!
Every few years, with the release of new music from them, we are reminded of Guster’s greatness. Seductively steady, “Hard Times” gives us a hint of an album on the horizon and showcases their unique charm via new sonic pathways.
It’s a fact that sibling harmonies are as tight as you can get. Case in point: The Watson Twins – identical sisters who co-wrote and sang all the parts together for the first time on their forthcoming album, ”Duo.” Inspired by their Nashville backdrop, “Hustle and Shake” is an original twangy folk tune.
October brings a much-anticipated full-length recording from Phosphorescent, their first in five years. It’s also the story of what took place for the band’s founder Matthew Houck during that time; he fell in love, started a family, moved across country, and built a studio from the ground up. Blending the earthy with the incandescent, here’s a characteristic snapshot from the record, “New Birth in New England.”
Dubbed the “the dream pop idol of tomorrow” by Pitchfork, Aussie singer Hatchie recently made her Morning Becomes Eclectic debut, and gifted “Sugar & Spice” to us to share with you.