SHE KEEPS BEES
In Sharon Van Etten’s Artist Feature Interview she recommended She Keeps Bees, a musician from Brooklyn who Sharon described as “One of the most amazing singers I have a heard in a very long time“. Well today I finally had time to listen to all the She Keeps Bees songs on LastFm and watched some youtube videos. This proved to be a very worthwhile use of my time because I agree with Sharon and very very much enjoyed all of the She Keeps Bees songs.
She Keeps Bees is the musical project of Jessica Larrabee. She has a strong, deep, powerful voice. She makes bluesy, soul-y, rock. She is joined by Andy LaPlant on drums. I recommend watching this video because it is so so so good. In fact, I recommend watching all of the videos on the ApartmentMusic youtube. There are some great Scary Mansion videos on there, that’s where I first heard the wonderful Sharon Van Etten, and also I happened to see a video of Erika from the brilliant Au Revoir Simone (new record this year yay yay yay!) playing a song on an omnichord. Browsing over the videos now I also see Dawn Landes and Turner Cody. I think that when I am next putting off exam revision I will sit and watch every one of those videos. I think it would be a very worthwhile exercise as I’ll probably end up loving most of them.
Anyway, I got a little sidetracked there. You can visit the She Keeps Bees website for the store and more videos and stuff. You can go to their Myspace or LastFm, there are lots of songs to listen to. My favourite song so far is Stand Where I Can See You. It’s catchy, head nodding stuff. Jessica’s voice is really stunning. There’s also a song called Lucille, maybe because I’ve been watching Arrested Development season 2 on DVD these past two days that this song conjures up funny images in my head. Jessica sings “Set him free! Lucille!”. This song could be about Buster! I listened to that song too many times because I just got a pop up box telling me “We’re sorry, but you’ve reached the limit for free plays of She Keeps Bees – Lucille.” I didn’t know LastFm had limited plays! You learn something new every day.
To conclude, She Keeps Bees is great. I highly recommend taking a listen. Hopefully we’ll see them over on our shores sometime soon. Otherwise I think I’ll just quit my boring university degree and up and go to New York so I can catch all these wonderful musicians I would love so much to hear play live.