Beulah apparently got their start in Montgomery Securities' in their San Francisco office, and their penchant for 60s harmonies and pop stylings easily gained them inclusion with like-minded bands in the Elephant 6 artist collective (Neutral Milk Hotel, the Olivia Tremor Control, the Ladybug Transistor...). Interestingly, both Montgomery Securities and Elephant 6 have gone by the wayside, but the mighty Beulah keeps right on chugging. Their first album 'when your heartstrings break' is a wonderfully orchestrated thing, replete with all manner of strings, horns and guitars (I count 18 backing musicians in the liner notes beyond the core band). I have to say that I can't really comment on their lyrics because I keep getting distracted by the music, which is just so wonderfully put together, and just so darn happy - kind of a 60's pop feel. It's a bit hard to take 23 people on the road, though, so in a live environment, they cut down to guitar, bass, keyboard, and a small number of horns - a bit grindier and guitar-heavy, which is OK, too.
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