In preparation for their mini-tour of the Northwest, Beat Connection has released The Garden of Forking Paths mixtape, a companion to the band's debut album, this year's The Palace Garden. The seven-track mixtape is a collection of rarities ("Intro to Opulence"), demos ("Is It Still Yesterday" and "Theme To Yours Truly," a 2009 demo version of a song that fans of Beat Connection's Surf Noir EP will recognize), and, most interestingly, a solo track from each of the band's four members.
The doo-woppy "Untitled," the only song on the tape with live vocals, is singer Tom Eddy's contribution. Yr-Age's clap-happy "Pure & Natural" is also pretty obviously drummer Jarred Katz's. The beautifully breezy "Spring Chorus" by Fjord Morrison is from Jordan Koplowitz, and the tape's catchiest track, "Wants To Do," which chops up and freshens up the Chi-Lites' version of the Supremes/Temptations classic "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," is by Dutty Wilderness, who is really just Reed Juenger in disguise.
Listen to all seven songs and check out Beat Connection's upcoming show dates--including a headlining slot at Neumos next Saturday, November 17--after the jump.
The Garden of Forking Paths is available for free download via Soundcloud.