Beam

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Beam is a vehicle for the lovely songs and voice of Helene Renaut. She's very French, but has been living in the San Francisco area for a while. She possesses a sweet, lilting voice that has the habit of staying within arm's reach of pitch, which is quite unique for a French female pop singer. The songs she has written for this debut record are pastoral beauties that call to mind Donovan, early Joni Mitchell, Hope Sandoval, Ladybug Transistor, and their family of bands, fellow French poppers like Ivy, and another great San Francisco area band Call and Response, whose drummer, Jordan Dalrymple, plays drums, piano, and slide guitar, and provides backup vocals for Beam. Only a ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Beam is a vehicle for the lovely songs and voice of Helene Renaut. She's very French, but has been living in the San Francisco area for a while. She possesses a sweet, lilting voice that has the habit of staying within arm's reach of pitch, which is quite unique for a French female pop singer. The songs she has written for this debut record are pastoral beauties that call to mind Donovan, early Joni Mitchell, Hope Sandoval, Ladybug Transistor, and their family of bands, fellow French poppers like Ivy, and another great San Francisco area band Call and Response, whose drummer, Jordan Dalrymple, plays drums, piano, and slide guitar, and provides backup vocals for Beam. Only a couple of the songs are in French; the rest are in cutely accented English, with the gentle "California Cradled You," the dreamy "Les Anges n'ont pas d'Ailes," and the sweeping "You Rock Me Once" being highlights. The rest of the band, despite looking like the house band at your local "exotic" coffeehouse, provides sympathetic and very restrained backing for Renaut's songs. So it often occurs that a misplaced loud guitar riff, or Jaco-fied bassline, ends up fracturing the delicate mood of a record like this. But the boys in the band have masterfully avoided such tragedies. Guesting on the record are the Moore Brothers, who provide wonderful background vocals on two tracks. Beam's debut is a lo-fi, low impact, gem of a record that shouldn't be ignored by fans of French pop done right, and indie pop done nicely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Antenna Farm
  • UPC: 646315450224
  • Catalog Number: 502
  • Sales rank: 348,973

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beam Primary Artist
Jeremy Goody Trumpet
Thom Moore Background Vocals
Jordan Dalrymple Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Group Member
Mikel Garmendia Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Dax Pierson Keyboards
Helene Renaut Guitar, Violin, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Richie Furay Composer
Gareth Johnson Composer
Jeremy Goody Mastering
Jordan Dalrymple Engineer
Beam Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    killer folk rock from oakland

    beam rule! 10 tracks of fantastic folk rock out of oakland, ca that sound like an amalgamation of classic english stuff (fairport, bert jansch, sandy denny, etc.) and more modern influences (opal, mazzy star) with wickedly smart lyrics from french lady helene renaut. a damn fine debut.

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