10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

For the first time, She Keeps Bees' Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant let an outside producer—Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, The War on Drugs)— guide their minimalist sound. Guest musicians Sharon Van Etten and Adam Schatz also make appearances. But anyone who was transfixed by Larrabee's early releases that she recorded alone in her Brooklyn apartment shouldn’t be disappointed by the evolution of her sound. Eight Houses is a carefully sculpted album where dynamics are carefully applied. Though many tracks rise and fall as emotions simmer and occasionally boil over (“Breezy,” “Owl”), it isn’t until tracks four (“Both Sides”), eight (“Greasy Grass”), and nine (“Raven”) that she begins her voice and her electric guitar at the point of pure confrontation. The remaining songs take a largely gentle but persistent attack; it’s understandable why she’s been compared to Cat Power. Both artists often use elemental guitar lines, scattered piano notes, and raw drums to pursue their dark and persistent dreams.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For the first time, She Keeps Bees' Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant let an outside producer—Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, The War on Drugs)— guide their minimalist sound. Guest musicians Sharon Van Etten and Adam Schatz also make appearances. But anyone who was transfixed by Larrabee's early releases that she recorded alone in her Brooklyn apartment shouldn’t be disappointed by the evolution of her sound. Eight Houses is a carefully sculpted album where dynamics are carefully applied. Though many tracks rise and fall as emotions simmer and occasionally boil over (“Breezy,” “Owl”), it isn’t until tracks four (“Both Sides”), eight (“Greasy Grass”), and nine (“Raven”) that she begins her voice and her electric guitar at the point of pure confrontation. The remaining songs take a largely gentle but persistent attack; it’s understandable why she’s been compared to Cat Power. Both artists often use elemental guitar lines, scattered piano notes, and raw drums to pursue their dark and persistent dreams.

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About She Keeps Bees

She Keeps Bees are a Brooklyn-based indie rock duo known for their retro, bluesy sound. Initially the solo project of singer/songwriter Jessica Larrabee, she recruited producer Andy LaPlant in 2006 to help record her songs and he eventually came aboard full-time as the band's drummer. Their debut LP, Minisink Hotel, arrived later that year and was met with a positive reception, drawing comparisons to artists like Cat Power, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, and inevitably the White Stripes for their stripped-down guitar-and-drums setup. LaPlant's distinctive, atmospheric production lent itself well to Larrabee's soulful delivery and strong attitude. An EP followed in 2007, and in 2008 they issued their follow-up album, Nests. Now reaching a wider audience, the band hooked up with British indie Names Records for a 2009 EP and U.K. release of Nests, which they supported with a European tour. In keeping with their D.I.Y. aesthetic, they continued to release their music independently back in the U.S., delivering their 2011 LP, Dig On, followed by their second 7" single release a year later. Shifting their focus more toward their folk roots, Larrabee and LaPlant brought in producer Nicolas Vernhes (Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter) to help make their fourth album, 2014's Eight Houses, which was released on L.A. indie Future Gods Records. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • FORMED
    2006

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