Nests

by She Keeps Bees

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  • From Other Music NYC:

    She Keeps Bees has been steadily gaining steam since Jessica Larrabee self-released her chilling solo album Minisink Hotel back in 2006. Two short years later, everyone seems to know the name. No doubt it was the raw power of Larrabee's heartbreakingly open, bluesy debut that inspired the word-of-mouth frenzy, but it would not surprise us if her soulful, arresting live performances with drummer Andy LaPlant and tantalizing, hand-collaged limited vinyl EPs continue to be what keeps 'em coming back to the hive for more.

    So we were thrilled when store sweethearts She Keeps Bees walked up to our counter to deliver Nests, their sophomore full-length. Whereas Minisink Hotel almost played like a best-of singles compilation, effortlessly rivaling the earnestness of early Chan Marshall and undercutting the dark intensity of Dry-era PJ Harvey, their latest picks up where She Keeps Bees last left off on their most recent EP, with the blistering, aching rocker "Pile Up."

    Nests is packed with similarly straightforward, rocking electric guitar -- and there is a triple-header on this album that's a shoo-in for one of the new music highlights of the year. "Release" is just that, a cathartic, adrenaline-charged, bluesy tambourine-smacker that reminds ya less of Nina Simone than '60s rock 'n' roll legends like Janis Joplin. "Gimme" follows right on its heels, a soul-grunge jam in which Larrabee's improvised wail confidently pushes itself to sound its strongest yet. Completing the triplet is "Get Gone," a loose, intimidating kiss-off with echoes of Cat Power.

    To sweeten the pot, Nests features a couple rootsy acappella folk songs, for those known to clap along to their stereos. This 26-minute full-length is a must have follow-up in the handmade She Keeps Bees oeuvre! [KS] (August 15, 2008)
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recorded at home. mastered by gradwell house studios and keith reynaud.

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released August 8, 2008

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She Keeps Bees New York, New York

She Keeps Bees have self-recorded and released music made at home since 2006. Their debut album, Minisink Hotel, was described by NYC’s Other Music as “the best album you’ve never heard." Nests, their second full-length, was admired by the Guardian as “sparse, soulful and defiantly retro.” Their third LP, Dig On, was praised by the BBC as "an album of fire, spirit, and sweat." ... more

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Track Name: Ribbon
don't follow me honey
not the road you want to be on
yeah the skies may seem sunny but i know
i'll be the one you gotta lean on
you've got some time to spit and shine
what you think you may want
you've got the nerve to be so kind
find yourself a little rabbit hole
too dark for believing in light
stand up and fight
the river you damned won't dry
and the feelings you have it's alright
just please sister please give it time
cause not everybody walks a straight line
tie the ribbon round you all you gonna feel is love
Track Name: Wear Red
I'm gonna wear red till I pass on this side
run me tired run me down
boy put my mind at rest tell me where you go out
you got the nerve yeah go ahead and tell it to me
don't you worry baby
dont you worry about me just a little crazy
worry for me yeah
you gonna see green
when I got my summer walk on by
you got the nerve yeah go ahead and prove it to me
I got my lights on
I'll turn my lights on if you coming by
you know what I'm needing
Track Name: Release
brick by brick she's gonna take you down
she's gonna take your whole goddamn world down
say what you want I believe you're the one who can't stand to hear me say
she is chipping away she is removing everything your brain won't let you see
get out both your claws we're gonna shred her to the bone i'm not leaving until you say
I release, release release release
ain't no body gonna tell me where to put my well i'm gonna dig wherever I please
how can you sit and watch as she ties you in knots you're tangled and frayed
so spare me the debate I won't listen anyway you have got to say it with me
I release, release release release
Track Name: Gimmie
ever was a judge I would take it back
ever was a need I would cut and run
gotta be a way I can prove I love you
I'm on my knees
you've got to put your shoulder, shoulder to the wheel
or you can be lazy, yeah not with me
gimmie, give it to me daddy
work me like my back ain't got no bone
Track Name: Get Gone
take your dirty socks off my floor I want you gone gone gone when I get home
you ought to know what you did wrong
don't even speak to me I'm taking care of my heart
you ought to know I don't house no dogs
get your coat I'll meet you at the front door
get out go go get out go go go go get gone
Track Name: My Last Nerve
lord I am tired of the same old bullshit
let us go in peace
haven't we been through enough
your persistance and psychotic tendencies
is how you rip the meat of the bones
you still think you keep
I'm your punisher, right I'm the punisher, I'm your
I got nerve, don't I
I have got some nerve
who's afraid of you
who could be afraid of you
who's afraid
the more you take you give nothing
nothing nothing not a thing
you must live in love
Track Name: Bones Are Tired
my bones are tired
my dress is weathered
I got no place or home to cling to so give me water, give me life, give me the strength I can remember
Track Name: Focus
holding on puffed and proud
you take the simple way out
I know you're breaking from the sound
it's what you harbor in your soul will never let you be free
temper tantrums that you pull I'll never let you get to me
focus for a minute baby focus
you're the victim again
unscathed, intimidating is how you see yourself isn't it
if it's the world that treats you so bad maybe you should just play dead
snake your way out
I don't anymore I can't take anymore
I don't any more no more
cut me out
it's all I ask
Track Name: You Can Tell
you can tell yes I believe you can
I never thought I needed to help your hands
yes I can tell oh I can tell
if I don't see you more than I can take
then I will promise to read you as long as I can take
give me one good reason
give me one good stay
never mind the reasons
stake your claim
if I don't see you ever again
then that's a promise I'm keeping as a friend
you need someone to blame
well I'm the one to blame
Track Name: Strike
I ain't gonna take it
leave it on my doorstep
shot your own brother down
how you gonna tie this to me
cover all your bases baby just tell me one thing
you like the way it is
you've been addicted to it
you love the way it is
the world must owe you something
may white lighting strike
when you lie be reminded
you like the way it is
you are addicted to it
you love the way it is
the world must owe you something
uh ah I am
lie lies
when it strike strike strike now when it strikes
it'll strike strike strike
Track Name: Cold Eye
don't you tell him what to do
just sit yourself down
we don't do these things to you
so sit yourself down
it's never between us
how you see right through that tar pride
it's that pride you got
means everything to you
when I hit you on the knuckles baby
look me dead in the eye
watch you sear right through me too
keep your pride
find somebody else
who will keep all our actions
your doings justified
leave him be