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For those sad that Radiation City played their last show in December, be happy that former drummer Randy Bemrose has released a solo album, I Want To Be Your B, under the alias Because. This album has allowed the talented, local artist to fully explore an experimental sound on his own. And that new path is working, because the nine songs on this album are golden.

Eleven PDX Magazine reviews the debut album from Because (Randy Bemrose of Radiation City), out now on CD/LP/DL from Plume Records.

Portland Mercury reviews Because LP

Portland Mercury on the debut album from Because (Randy Bemrose of Radiation City), out now on Plume Records:

These nine painstakingly crafted pop songs are enjoyably all over the place; the first four alone draw from Kinks-esque ’60s pop, ’70s breakbeat funk, bossa nova, and the textural minimalism of a Sparklehorse ballad—in fact, Because’s unifying aesthetic is this same knack for the warm, tastefully experimental production of Sparklehorse pop polyglot Mark Linkous. Most of I Want to Be Your B grooves a lot harder than Sparklehorse ever did, though, and a grab bag of psychedelia colors the record’s funnest moments…. — NATHAN TUCKER

Atwood Magazine premieres “Lock-Out Time,” first single from Because (Radiation City’s Randy Bemrose)

Atwood Magazine premieres “Lock-Out Time,” the first single off debut album I Want To Be Your B from Because:

“Because (Randy Bemrose of Radiation City) pushes us to dig into our imaginative cores on debut single ‘Lock-Out Time,’ a technicolor tapestry of thought & sound. (via Plume Records)”

For the Rabbits features “Dusk” by Magic Magic Roses

Thanks to For The Rabbits for including “Dusk” by Magic Magic Roses (Plume Records) in this week’s feature!

Building around a gentle acoustic-strum and rattling marching drum; Dusk is a wash of hazy, Autumnal sunshine, rich with gentle melancholy. Like fellow modern Americana-acts Hurray For The Riff Raff or Cicada Rhythm, Magic Magic Rose manage to create something that’s at once nostalgic and fresh, and show once again that this is a genre with plenty left to say.

Belwood Music reviews Magic Magic Roses’ single “Dusk”

Thanks to Belwood Music for the lovely review of “Dusk,” title track of the new album from Magic Magic Roses out December 2nd from Seattle’s Plume Records:

The latest song from San Francisco band Magic Magic Roses surrounds itself with a kind of mystical air of beauty, like a fine veil of mist clinging on in the early morning haze. ‘Dusk’, the title (and closing) track from their upcoming third album out 2nd December, will be sure to appeal to fans of such equally gorgeous and ethereal folk acts as The Staves and First Aid Kit. The sparse and wistful arrangement and the warm layered harmonies create a soothing lullaby to lure you away into a peaceful, dreamlike trance. The song’s aesthetic whispers to you pastoral tales of strolling through golden fields under amber sunsets, and of crackling fires on cold autumn nights. It’s the kind of music that you can get lost in and simply disappear for a while in some better place.