John Vanderslice, Doom Bird, Sea of Bees
Concerts 4 Charity and Record Club Presents:
John Vanderslice, Doom Bird, Sea of Bees CD Release
Is a man who should need no introduction, founder of legendary recording studio Tiny Telephone (Beulah, Death Cab for Cutie, Okkervil River, Spoon, etc.) this San Francisco singer-songwriter can be best described as goddam prolific...
A string quartet at Old Ironsides? On Saturday night, yes, tucked off to the right of the stage during Doom Bird's performance. The band, currently a five-piece, played seven of the 10 songs from its recent and quite wonderful self-titled album during its half-hour set, and while Joe Davancens' lush arrangements on record lost a little in the translationthink the softer gradations of a landscape painted in oils rendered harder-edged by pen-and-ink illustrationthe overall effect was still quite magical.
Brought to life with Kris Anaya and Davancens on guitars, along with Zac Brown on bass, Matt McCord on drums and Dan Block on keyboards and tromboneaugmented by violinists Reylynn Goessling and Kristin Arnold, violist Christina Maradik and cellist Alison SharkeyDoom Bird illuminated Anaya's ambitious songs, which evoke Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson's work with Van Dyke Parks and other names from rock's fertile late-'60s Baroque heyday, while sounding utterly natural and unforced. (review by Jackson Griffith SN&R)
Sea of Bees
Julie Ann Bee is an epically rare musician who has crafted Songs For The Ravens, her first LP and follow-up to Sea of Bees' debut Bee Eee Pee EP, with the kind of intuitive knowing and organic talent that defies logic and defines great artists.
This is a record that will soothe your broken heart, commiserate with you when you're angry, befriend you when you're lonely and celebrate life with you through the pure joy of its being. Longing is expressed with hope; sadness with understanding. Its scope, intensity and solidity would be considered stunning for any weathered artist; it's simply astounding here.
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