Seven Sisters

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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.
-Jason Fry / Deckfight / 2010

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released April 21, 2010

BETA RADIO is BENJAMIN MABRY (Vocals, Guitar, Glockenspiel and Harmonium) and BRENT HOLLOMAN (Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Glockenspiel, Bass and Background Vocals). All music, lyrics and arrangements written and performed by BETA RADIO. Additional vocals by AMANDA HOLLOMAN (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 11), and LEE HESTER (Track 3). Upright bass by ED SUMPTER (Tracks 3, 5). Drums by THEO MILOJEVICH (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 8), and DANIEL FOLGADO (Track 10). Violins by MAURA KROPKE (Tracks 5, 7). Trumpet by BY BRIAN MOORE (Tracks 2, 5), and ANNA GRIFFITH (Track 10). Trombone by MARK WHITFIELD (Track 10). Additional sounds by LEE HESTER (Tracks 7, 11). Various stomps, claps and whoops by BEN, BRENT and LEE.

Recorded and mixed by LEE HESTER at Logan Manor Studio (Wilmington, NC) (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11), and by BEN and BRENT in Brent's home (Wilmington, NC) (Tracks 6, 8, 9, 10). Drums on Track 10 were recorded by DANIEL FOLGADO in his basement studio (Linden, NJ).

All songs Produced by BETA RADIO. Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11 Produced by BETA RADIO, and LEE HESTER.

Mastered By NICK PETERSON at Track and Field (Chapel Hill, NC).

Album art by BRENT HOLLOMAN at Brent Holloman Design. Art direction by BETA RADIO.

Photography by MILLIE HOLLOMAN and AMANDA HOLLOMAN at Millie Holloman Photography.

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Beta Radio’s Americana-folk sound is the result of a decade-long collaboration between Ben Mabry and Brent Holloman. Their sound is rooted in vocal harmonies, with guitar, banjo and an eclectic range of additional instrumentation and soulful arrangements. ... more

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Track Name: Either Way
Oh love of mine is this your design?
Can we not just take our time?
Turn the lights on but leave the lights low
A second chance to take it slow

Either way I want to go

Sing the same as Solomon
It's not mathematics when two means one
Turn the lights on but leave them real low
A second chance to take it slow

Either way I want to go

I'm so low

Either way I want to go
Track Name: Darden Road
In new Princeton Place
They have luxury homes
And you could live in one
Off of Darden Road
Its built by the biggest field
Where as a child, all my wounds were healed
And all the buildings that I see, and the patterns they bring
They're just patterns to me

Oh, where do you go?
Come back to me, I love you so

If you're scared to be alone
Then come love me and live in my home
Have all the stars left your eyes
Have they gone back into the skies
I don't wanna clean my room
Cause I might clean my memories of you
And if you want we will build our home
In Princeton Place, off of Darden Road

Oh, where do you go?
Come back to me, I love you so
Track Name: Where Losers Do
I've been wondering where I'm going
A second time around
With my pants around my ankles
I'm feeling mighty down
And if you're gonna go then go big
But you might lose
And if you lose then lose big
And hang out where the losers do

I rode with my friend from upstate
In his truck from coast to coast
We slept in the back in the desert
And on the side of the road the most
And oh when we went we went big
And all that we did lose
Won't compare to everything we got
When we hung out where the losers do

Do you remember when I wrote good morning
To you in the snow?
When I did not use my fingers
Neither did I use my toes
And you just said that the Glory of the land
Was inside of you
And then you came and you held onto my clean hand
And we walked where the losers do
Track Name: Hello Lovely
I wrote a poem for you
You didn't have to ask me to
I wanted to because I feel
Nothing else could be as real

L-O-V-E
Hello lovely

I built a home for you
By the garden that I knew
You love more than anything
I lay down my life again

L-O-V-E
Hello lovely
Track Name: Brother Sister
Lost it seems, brother the days that we
Could wrestle on the floor
Of the living room, shedding our cocoons
Oh the telescope, oh the crescent moon
Open the drawer, sister by the door
Where you hide your diary
With the diagrams, all forsaken plans
Read again the note, everything you wrote

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Grandfather, oh where have you gone?
My best friend it feels to me
Its so long, since we took our trip
To the mountain, sleeping in our tent

And when I fall I fall in you
All stars in skies they shine on you

In the chair, by the window there
I write my will on the window sill
And all I leave, its for my family
With whom I share my blood, I share my name and love
Jesus the lamb, the lion the I Am
Remember me when you're in
The promised land, no recompense
Forsaking all i've earned, forsaking self defense

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

When time and space are finally parting ways
The full eclipse of earth and my near 10,000 days
The new trombone (neutron bomb), or is the kingdom come
The stars outshine the moon and the moon points to the sun

Oh, oh, oh, oh

And when I fall I fall in you
All stars in skies they shine on you
And when I fall I fall in you
All stars in skies they shine on you
They only point to you

Brother brother, sister sister
Father mother, oh i've missed you
Brother brother, sister sister
Mother father, how I love you
Track Name: Khima
I thought that
All the beauty
Passing through me
Would be something
(Would really be so thin)
Satisfying
Underlying

I was wrong
I was wrong
I was wrong
Track Name: Borderline
Borderline oh borderline, won't let me through
Borderline oh borderline, the family knew
Can't cross without a cause, won't leave without a clause
Borderline oh borderline, will do the same to you too

Messenger oh messenger, where is our news
Messenger we've waited days, to hear from you
You've brought us no report, you came alone before before
Messenger oh messenger, we're alone too

Borderline oh borderline, won't let me through
Borderline oh borderline, the family knew
Can't cross without a cause, won't leave without a clause
Borderline oh borderline, will do the same to you too
Borderline oh borderline, will do the same to you too
Track Name: Highlight On The Hill
I have seen the highlight on the hill
And brother if you cannot feel the joy
Then the whipper will
Now I feel it
I have seen the blood on the wooden plane
And sister if you cannot hear the joy
Hear the name
Now I hear it

Should the turbine blow away
All the restlessness that for 10,000 days
Has remained
Oh the glory
When I in joy will play my part
Are you sewing up my scars
Or putting arrows through my heart?
Oh inside me

Was it you that
I saw through that
Window outside, the day that I would hear the lie?
At the new year
The highlight through here
Of all things that are true, the one I want the most is to be with you

You in the garden by the shore
Where the seven sisters shine on you
And you pray for seven more
Oh the yonder
I have seen the headlight on the road
By the place i've buried all the love
The love that I proposed
Now I feel it

Now I feel it

Was it you that
I saw through that
Window outside, the day that I would hear the lie?
At the new year
The highlight through here
Of all things that are true, the one I want the most is to be with you
Track Name: Pleiades
Both the bears are in their chairs
They're sitting in your upper room
Each night they ascend the stairs
And point to the north with dipping spoons
I hear the seven sisters whisper
they know the place from where they came
Oh the hunter and the bull
Are made full beneath the lion's mane

Oh, all the stars align
for the second time
Oh, I drank the new design
for the second time

The brother twins each other lend
A hand around the upper pole
They drink the wine of the new design
That makes the broken hearted whole
The dragon came as he did before
Tempting all into his door
He wears stars as his disguise
But a second time he will not rise

Oh, all the stars align
for the second time
Oh, I drank the new design
for the second time

Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh
Track Name: A Place For Me
I lost my keys
Finder of all lost things
Are they in the worn out slacks?
In the pocket in the back
I lost the road
Somewhere past where what I know
Where is your divining rod?
Is it inside my bones?

And I saw it in the skies
In the direction of the lonely eyes
And I wanted it to be
A place thats meant for me

Rose of Sharon
Come near i'll spit it out
Its the muzzle for the mouth
What do you say?
I'm going my own way
Oh it is such a curse
When running in reverse

And I saw it in the skies
In the direction of the lonely eyes
And I wanted it to be
A place thats meant for me, oh my my my my
And I wanted not to fight
With my heart but i'll fight with my fists all night
And I'm sure now the record shows
Or maybe just the bruise underneath my clothes

Ba, da, da, da
And I know it
Ba, da, da, da
And I know it
Ba, da, da, da
And I know it
Ba, da, da, da
And I know it, and I know it, oh I know it now


Oh its showing
Ba, da, da, da
Oh its showing
Ba, da, da, da
Oh its showing
Ba, da, da, da
Oh its showing, oh its showing, oh its showing now

And I know it
Ba, da, da, da
And I know it
Ba, da, da, da
And I know it
Ba, da, da, da
Oh I know it, oh I know it, how I know it now
Track Name: Return To Darden Road
In new Princeton Place
They have luxury homes
And you could live in one
Off of Darden Road
Its built by the biggest field
Where as a child, all your wounds were healed
And all the buildings that I see, and the patterns they bring
They're just patterns to me

Where do you go?
Come back to me, I love you so

If you're scared to be alone
Then come love me and live in my home
Have all the stars left your eyes
Have they gone back into the skies
I don't wanna clean my room
Cause I might clean my memories of you
And if you want we will build our home
In Princeton Place, off of Darden Road

Oh, where do you go?
Come back to me, I love you so