She Keeps Bees takes listeners to the next level of enchantment through a series of low-key, solemnly mellow songs, which unfold with slowly increasing power on their new album, Eight Houses. Singer-guitarist Jessica Larrabee intones lonely interludes such as “Feather Lighter” with a sad, soulful deliberation that recalls Cat Power. The mood shifts dramatically when drummer Andy LaPlant raises the intensity on the deceptively titled “Breezy,” as Larrabee's stirring voice rises serenely above a grungy wreckage of guitars and cymbals. Elsewhere, spectral, spidery ballads such as “Owl” segue into heavier, swirling, hard-blues workouts such as “Both Sides.” Fellow Brooklynite Shilpa Ray used to tour as a backup singer for Nick Cave, and Cave's Bad Seed Ltd. label has released her new EP, It's All Self Fellatio, a bewitching combination of dreamy carny sounds and confrontational lyrics.
Sat., Sept. 6, 9 p.m., 2014
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