On "Is What It Is", She Keeps Bees' Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant somehow locate some stray wires on both Cat Power's "He War" and Phil Collins "In The Air Tonight" and fuse them without shorting out a city block. The song is low-key but powerful, trailing wisps of desolation, menace, and regret. Larrabee's moan is a ripple of unease in stale air, occupied only by some keyboard and a drum track. "Bow to the power/make sure it knows how heavy it is/Be not completely consumed," she warns, a loaded but elusive message she clarifies later with two powerful affirmations: "Do not surrender" and "You are worthy." Sharon Van Etten leans subtly into background vocals, turning the song into a secular hymn.
She Keeps Bees: "Is What It Is" (via SoundCloud)