Beta Radio’s Americana-folk sound is the result of a decade-long collaboration between Wilmington, North Carolina’s Ben Mabry and Brent Holloman. When the pair met over a decade ago they began playing music, first for themselves, then for friends, trying on different genres and searching for one that fit. Over time, Brent experimented with stripping the music back to its essentials, focusing on simple melodies and finding a haunting, minimal sound that felt like home. Concurrently, Ben was refining his lyric sensibility, turning to Nick Drake and Sufjan Stevens for inspiration. What he found when he returned to the page quickly became the lyric base for Beta Radio. Together Ben and Brent polished the lyrics, tightened the music and headed to the studio to record a portion of the album. Wanting to capture the intimate air their songs embody, they purchased a pair of SM57 microphones and finished recording the album in Brent’s living room.
Seven Sisters, the debut album from Beta Radio, is haunting and heart aching. The songs on Seven Sisters take you to a place where love is essential and simple, the landscapes are familiar and ghostly and the stars hold the promise of your future once you learn how to read them. When you leave the album, the minimalistic arrangements and the sincerity of the lyrics stay with you and call you back for another listen.