Call for Book Reviewers and Bloggers

Music
cover art

Sea of Bees

Songs for the Ravens

(Crossbill; US: 18 May 2010; UK: 18 May 2010)

A swooping, dreamy debut

Julie Ann Bee creates music under the Sea of Bees moniker, with help from a constantly-shifting array of backing musicians. Songs are built around Bee’s swooping, girlish voice, an instrument reminiscent of The Innocence Mission’s Karen Peris in both tone and cadence. Fans of such childlike female vocalists will be intrigued; others may find the sound tiresome. Tunes like “Gnomes” and “Marmalade” utilize Bee’s warble to good effect, as her playful voice is supported by muscular rhythms and convincing layers of rumbling percussion and scratchy guitar. Other songs feel slight: “Fyre” and “Won’t Be Long” rely too heavily on layered harmonies rather than melody or memorable arrangements. Overall, the compelling outweighs the tedious. This CD release also includes a digital copy of the Bee Eee Pee EP, containing five songs, two of which are not included on the full-length.

Rating:

DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


Media
Related Articles
By Conor Kelley
23 Feb 2012
Anyone familiar with his studio records, especially his latest effort Making Mirrors, knows that Gotye is a dynamic songwriter, and this holds true in his live shows.
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
Win a 15-CD Pack of Brazilian Music CDs from Six Degrees Records! in PopMatters Contests on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.