Beta Radio Announce New EP ‘Way Of Love’ Out August 21
July 6, 2020 BY Nettwerk
Wilmington, NC indie folk duo Beta Radio–Ben Mabry and Brent Holloman–artfully and carefully piece together songs with an architect’s attention to detail and a carpenter’s work ethic. This handcrafted assembly shines through on the band’s upcoming EP, Way of Love, out August 21st via Nettwerk. Their new song “It Doesn’t Really Feel Like Spring,” which premiered on American Songwriter and is available on all digital retailers now, was written in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic and captures the unsettling feeling of one of the world’s strangest times through an ethereal prism of synthesizer and guitar.
“Brent and I essentially quarantined together,” says Ben. “He’s the only person I saw other than my parents. It literally doesn’t feel like spring. Everything is so weird right now. With all of this weirdness, a really interesting and unexpected peace has come to me, personally. It’s super bizarre, but maybe it’s a little bit of a gift to look at our lives and see what matters. The goal of the song is to take this odd experience into something hopefully beautiful.”
The duo previously introduced Way of Love with “Destined To Pretend,” crafting a warm sonic backdrop from arpeggiated synth and strings as delicately plucked acoustic guitar upholds lilting vocals. “It’s a meditation on hope through sorrow and pain,” states Ben.
Way of Love follows the band’s acclaimed 2018 full length release Ancient Transition, an album cast in folk-style lyricism, Americana spirit, and orchestral experimentation. Atwood Magazine called it “a must-listen for 2018 and a powerful showing of what’s to come from this artist-to-watch,” and The Wild Honey Pie remarked it “sounds as if it should be playing during an important life moment, like seeing the northern lights for the first time or during a first kiss that took way too long to occur.”