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BING 148
She Keeps Bees: Kinship (Ba Da Bing)
Release date: May 10, 2019

NOTE: We are now out of the colored vinyl, numbered edition. This is for the standard black vinyl version.

PREORDER for the new She Keeps Bees album, Kinship. PLEASE NOTE: BB*Island is co-releasing this album so if you are in Europe you can save money by ordering from them directly instead. They also have the limited colored vinyl version. 

Side A
1. Hawk  USCPT1914801
2. Coyote  USCPT1914802
3. Dominance  USCPT1914803
4. Breaking Weight  USCPT1914804
5. Queen of Cups  USCPT1914805

Side B
6. Longing  USCPT1914806
7. First Quarter Moon  USCPT1914807
8. Kinship  USCPT1914808
9. Ocean  USCPT1914809
10. Sea Ice  USCPT1914810


"Rhythm in the sounds of water transporting… Innocence of wildness, survive our arrogance."

A meditative and endlessly turning clutch of songs, She Keeps BeesKinship reasserts the band's elegant power in a stream of loss and regeneration. Death, birth, both personal and in reflection of  Earth itself emerge through Jessica Larrabee's focused, empowered voice. With Larrabee and Andy LaPlant's first album in four years, She Keeps Bees peels away their distorted guitars and fills the void with hypnotic organ, keyboards, strings, a tight bed of drum grooves, and a direct lyricism full of with wisdom and intention. Kinship is an album that radiates its messages with deft knowledge and immeasurable strength.

Since 2014’s acclaimed Eight Houses, Larrabee cared for and lost her father before moving upstate with LaPlant to a New York cottage with a plan to start their own family. In this new, solitary and natural environment, they wrote and recorded Kinship over five months, joined by friends Kevin Sullivan (Last Good Tooth) on bass, Penn Sultan (Last Good Tooth) for guitar, and Eric Maltz, who lent strings, synthesizers and piano.

Created by a band who “has never shied away from engaging directly, unrelentingly, with the darkest sides of politics and social justice,” (NPR) Kinship takes aim at our current shared social and environmental woes, but from a learned vantage point. On “Coyote,” Larrabee finds inspiration in Katie Lee, a Folkways singer/actress/protestor who vocally opposed damming the Colorado River. Waters needed to flow their natural paths, she argued, and human intervention was destroying our environment. Likewise, Larrabee’s lyrics are odes to Nature’s dominance and its eternal victory, whereas humanity’s survival suffers a more tenuous fate. Larrabee sings “Carved by rain, by rivers, by streams / Flood the canyons / Drown everything / Ignore the rules of balance.”

In the universal, Larrabee provides a larger context for her personal loss, though regarding nature she refuses to entirely mourn. “Dominance is a dead end,” she sings on “Dominance,” “restore the balance.” At no moment on Kinship is Earth or Larrabee powerless; instead she sounds immovable, aligning with her music and words as very few writers can. What do we do when we find ourselves in a society split on its fate? Larrabee answers with a quote from the astrologer and pragmatic mystic, Caroline Casey "To spiral out of polarity as nature does - to find the cool response in a hot reactive world."

Kinship addresses chaos by pointing beyond it, to the order that exists outside our reach. As the duo settle upstate and begin planting roots for their future life together, She Keeps Bees have taken the long view and written odes to the irrevocable primacy of Nature.