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Kinship

by She Keeps Bees

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1.
Hawk 01:22
Hawk coming down with the wind leaves coming down with him bird fly free who can say hawk knows a thing or two about wind Hawk hawk coming down with the wind leaves coming down with him
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Coyote 04:05
I’d rather be a coyote Katie Lee says she feels so betrayed rivers deserve to be free open mining in waterways, historic parks the lifeblood, the lungs of the Earth stop short no other spaceship like her carved wooden birds adorn her swam in potholes and waterfalls bathed in desert rose soft blush stands her naked body carved by sand, by wind, by dust carved by rain, by rivers, by streams flood the canyons drown everything ignore the rules of balance watch destruction of the sanctuaries wildflowers to circles to spirals from 50 AD gathering pine seeds canyon glen curving flood the canyons drown everything ignore the rules of balance on Earth watch destruction of the sanctuaries
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Dominance 03:08
Dominance is a dead end Serves evolution no purpose Small things we align with Open humble kind hand Restores the balance Affinity and how it seizes Don't be possessed by the surface Hungry ghost with low purpose What holds Hungry ghost 5 points give rise to spirals Possessed by polarity Claiming that their side is right Don't know what to do Invite in what can Receive the calm it gives Dominance is a dead end Restore the balance
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Slow building growth Reflective of a river Remain your true source How you come to the river mind Just let go Float to the middle and be grateful Just let go Truth taken on the chin Liberates who honors it With what you understand Where your power sits If fear remains Seizes our will to gain Seeps into our veins evaporates Hands our focus away Don't let them have this hold Be grateful Just let go Truth taken on the chin Liberates who honors it With what they understand Where and how their power sits If they can dollar it With no boundaries to resist Count it then they'll take you out Take all of it Let truth root your power within Let go of breaking weight Let go of breaking weight Collapsible shoulders Let go of breaking weight
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Wisdom of the ocean be my wife Like the Queen of Cups made of Earth Water Fierce love of life We don't have to be anything But honest with ourselves Symbiotic - nature in accord with herself Vast active living system If everything is fractal Self assembled code Micro macrocosm Plastic in our breathing hole She will outlive us all Marker for science start the next age Of extinction - golden spike This beast of our age We don't have to be anything But honest with ourselves Symbiotic - nature in accord with herself We don't have to be anything But honest with ourselves Symbiotic - nature in accord with herself
6.
Longing 02:41
Long the morning Long thoughts sent Through trees Senses heighten Hair raised up 90 degrees When you are looking at me I feel longing lusting hunger Pulling closer Starving for your attention My eyes pressed closed Feel every curve of your body Hang off me Language woven with longing Pulse raised up faster it beats In this longing Hold me Slow slow slowly My eyes pressed closed feel every curve of your body Hang off me
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Use this moment to be here right now In this gate of power Its the vision within The First Quarter Moon Moon Let it be as big as it wills the play Let it be as big as it wills the play Sun 90 degrees from the Moon Moon Intimacy invite art dedicated unique Contemplative mind Cast our net out wide Under the light of the Moon Moon
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Kinship 03:31
Wild places moves us closer To conscious kinship Living water mother of all Visible manifestation of chaos Primordial water Nature births symbiotic art of balance Invisible rivers run under rivers Think this world is their kingdom Deep in shadow denying tidal relations Think this world is their kingdom Deep in shadow denying tidal relations Living water mother of all older than our Sun Health of the river tied to rivers that run underneath Primordial water
9.
Ocean 03:48
Wisdom of the Ocean Mother dust dirt soil Glittering mica flecks of broken down life birthed at dawn Wild Mother Earth Wild Mother Earth Here comes the Ocean Vast unknown Floating while Forms emerge morph Drop downward Neptune's horses Hoofs hoofs hoofs on the shore Hypnotic state of reverie dreaming yet alert Sink into this deep reverie Sink into this coiled genius Rhythm in the sounds of water transporting Here comes the Ocean Vast unknown Hypnotic state of reverie dreaming yet alert Here comes the Ocean
10.
Sea Ice 03:11
Innocence forgotten when There is something we wanted Manipulate confiscate marginalize I have a million excuses While we wandered off into the darkness Alone Oh sea ice In an iceless land our tears fall before them Innocence of wildness survive our arrogance Use the wild Backdrop for science Oh sea ice Sea ice

about

A meditative and endlessly turning clutch of songs, She Keeps Bees’ Kinship 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.

credits

released May 10, 2019

All songs by Jessica Larrrabee (ASCAP)
Administered by Domino Publishing

All songs by Jessica Larrabee (ASCAP).
Administered by Domino Publishing Company USA

Produced and performed by Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant. Recorded and mixed by Andy LaPlant

Additional engineering by Eric Maltz.
Additional performances by Kevin Sullivan (bass), Penn Sultan (guitar), Simon Goff (violin), Alice Dixon (cello), and Eric Maltz (piano, synth).

Mastered by Alan Douches.
Artwork by Alexa Guariglia. Layout by Krstof Milovanic.

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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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