She Keeps Bees


She Keeps Bees photo by Adriana Jovanovic

She Keeps Bees photos by Adriana Jovanovic

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.

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6 Responses to She Keeps Bees

  1. Adam January 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    New Au Revoir Simone? Hooray! I’ve been listening to the debut quite a bit recently, great album…

  2. anikainlondon January 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    I love Au Revoir Simone alot, Verses is great, the Bird of Music is so fantastic start to finish. A Violent Yet Flammable world is so epic and wonderful with the layered vocals, and the violins on The Way To There are just so perfect. I also have a geeky adoration for how incredibly clever and talented Heather is. I love her blog I left a comment on one of the posts a few months ago and Heather said they’ll be playing some UK shows this spring. I am very excited.

  3. sharon January 7, 2009 at 1:41 am #

    yay! so glad you listened! she is so great! thank you!

  4. fulltext January 7, 2009 at 5:01 am #

    NYC? You are the lucky one! So many great bands playing all around London.

  5. Adam January 7, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    This is all fantastic news. They opened up for Camera Obscura in 2006, which was a really nice surprise as I wasn’t aware they were supporting until they actually came on stage. And they were very good at Latitude ’06 too. Hope these UK shows materialise!

  6. anikainlondon January 7, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Thank you Sharon!

    Fulltext, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, London is great! Usually whenever bands come to the UK or Europe, they almost always come to London (with the exception of of Montreal later this month, grr). I can’t think of a place I would rather be in Europe.

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