I’ve been too busy listening to Sullen Ray’s Blue Minor to really blog about it until now. The newest release from the Los Angeles duo, Blue Minor is the first of their “primary colors collection.” My favorite tracks? “Without You,” previously released as a single, and “Just For Tonight.” Both feature Dee’s vocals and her impeccable lyric-writing.
When I listen to “Just for Tonight,” I can feel the hairs on my arm stand up… Haven’t we all felt that unrequited craving for someone that we shouldn’t be craving? It’s a sexy, slow song… I imagine two people dancing, lips almost touching, and their significant others about to return any second to catch them…
Listen to “Just For Tonight” and the rest of the album on Bandcamp, or buy on iTunes and Google Play. And stay tuned for a CD release party coming up in October!
Ten years in the making, Written in Sand is a 5-song EP that chronicles the beginning of Beta Lion’s career.
Written in Sand serves as a retrospective on the beginnings of Beta Lion. The first four songs of the five song EP were written between 2003 and 2007. “For our debut album, it didn’t seem right to move forward before paying proper tribute to our older material,” says Mark Fulinara, bassist and vocalist. And the fifth and final track, “Written in Sand,” is about their struggle to capture that older material before they were washed away by the inevitability of time.
Beta Lion is Mark Fulinara on bass and vocals, Dean Fulinara on drums, JR Fulinara on keyboard, and Opie Tran on guitar. “We’ve been having fun and playing live together since 1999,” says Mark. The reception of their 2012 demo I Believe in Beta Lion inspired them to continue releasing records. They plan on recording a full-length album beginning this summer.
Download Beta Lion’s debut EP Written in Sand on iTunes and Amazon!
“In a market saturated with indie rock bands who all try to sound so different that they end up sounding the same, Beta Lion actually do sound different enough to make them stand out from the crowd.” – Music Emissions
“This quartet always gets to a soaring, arena-ready chorus that often sounds like Phoenix’s popsavant brain tugging on Death Cab for Cutie’s heartstrings.” – SD CityBeat
“Beta Lion’s Written In Sand invites the listener to be a part of an audience… From the very beginning Written In Sand feels like a larger effort than it’s five tracks would seem to imply. Beta Lion are creating an experience that feels like a mini concept album.” – Some Kind of Muffin
Beta Lion releases their debut release, Written in Sand, tomorrow March 15th.