In conversation, it's immediately apparent that Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant of She Keeps Bees possess a synthesized energy—one that also permeates their recordings and live performances. With LaPlant on drums and Larrabee on guitar, the duo has shaped a musical legacy woven of passion and ripples of raw emotion.
Since forming in 2006, Larrabee and LaPlant have pushed the boundaries of a two-person setup to cultivate a sonic space both intimate and revealing. With their fourth album Eight Houses, Larrabee and LaPlant showcase a spectrum of sounds ranging from the gentle rhythms of "Owl" to the blues-tinged, cathartic unleash of "Raven." Sharon Van Etten's appearance on "Is What It Is" feels just right, as she lends her vocals to a gorgeously serene mood. She Keeps Bees has created a world of gorgeous and hypnotic melody, with Larrabee's voice taking intimate turns while slipping between meditative rhythms and assertive riffs.
We recently met with Larrabee and LaPlant at Cariño in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where we talked about the new album, meeting Sharon Van Etten via Myspace, and Janet Jackson.
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