|About all I know about Beequeen is that they hail from the Netherlands and that they sporadically release beautiful records. I happened upon the band on the Important Records website, and I liked what I heard enough to purchase their newest record, Sandancing. After a few listens, I've decided I generally like what I've heard. The band is the longstanding collaboration between Freek Kinkelaar and Frans de Waard, but for this record they've added the vocals of Olga Wallis, a gorgeous singer with a lovely voice--once steeped in folk tradition, if I were to make an educated guess.
Musically speaking, the songs have a tendency of being rather nondescript, but that's quite fine; they're pretty and dark and that's all that matters. There's nothing too intrusive or unpleasant, either. At times, their sound reminds me of Weird Weeds, especially the song "Breathe." At other times, the music reminds me of Mazzy Star, His Name is Alive, and, on "The Honeythief," American Analog Set. Get the vibe here? Mellow, minimal, and occasionally stoned.
Honestly, I've neve heard their earlier work, so I have nothing to compare Sandancing to, but I'd be curious to hear it, because what I've heard here is pretty and interesting and downright enjoyable.
Listen To: "The Honeythief"
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