Beekeepers have been operating in the Detroit area for the last ten years. They have recorded a handful of cassettes and CDRs but nothing has been officially released until now. Pallet Stacking is their debut 7” and features two additional tracks, Model Home Flag and Parking Lots. Their sound is traditionally lo-fi with the less traditional inclusion of saxaphone. Their label calls them “introverted weirdos”. Worth investigation, I’d say.
7" £6.49 X!021
7" on X! Records.
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Now for something completely different. Beekeepers have tickled Phil’s fancy with this 7” of unusual quirk-rock. Since Phil is always too busy to review these days I’ll review it in his style. “yeah not bad that, like it”.
But to flesh it out a little on the first side there is a really strange ode to the joys of stacking pallets which sits somewhere between Morphine, early They Might Be Giants, Tom Waits and Thinking Fellers. Overleaf is something really crazy. A distorted singalong somewhere akin to Henry Cow and Bonzo Dog Band played on a malfunctioning gramophone. There is a third track which is something like the first but even better. It crawls along before a winding wordy chorus which somehow recalls both They Might Be Giants and Broadcast but played with a type of progressive rock vigour with saxophones-a-squawking over clattering drums. Strange and brilliant.
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