Another out of order recent find for you (last one for a while)…I don’t recall who first clued me in to Beagle. It was definitely in the mid 90’s when I was working at Birmingham Airport because I remember listening to them (and Things Of Stone And Wood who sadly have never had a release on vinyl) endlessly on my walk in to start the early shift. It would have been one of that international group of CD swappers I’ve talked about before, I suspect most likely it was David Smith in New Jersey but could easily have been Curtis Malasky elsewhere in the US, it was definitely one of the Americans because that’s where my CD copies came from when I had them. Whoever it was, thanx, they’ve been occasional companions ever since and hearing them always puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step.
Beagle were an alternative pop band formed at university in Lund, Sweden in 1990. They released just 2 LP’s “Sound On Sound” in 1992 and “Within” in 1993 (I still need to track down a copy of that one). The two main players were songwriters Magnus Börjeson and Daniel Sandström, who between them wrote every song on Beagle’s two albums. This 1992 Swedish issue I’ve acquired also contains a song, “Crap” (!), that wasn’t on the CD copy I had so I get to hear new Beagle music after all these years.
So what do they sound like ? This is pure, joyous pop music made with acoustic guitars, fiddles, mandolins, keybpards and the like. It’s NOT folk music it’s most definitely pop, great songs with singalong choruses and nagging tunes that get lodged in your head and won’t shift. If I had to compare them to anyone you’d know to give you some vague idea of where this is coming from then think of that record “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something, but (and it's a big BUT) Beagle are so, so much better than that. This is uplifting happy pop music, it’s not gonna change the world or tell you anything deep and philosophical but they brighten my day whenever I hear them.
And So It Goes On - https://youtu.be/NteuM38sDLY?si=DWCVNYkxibs_rkhW