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BEEQUEEN - Around Midnight

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Cat Sun CAT17
Release Year: 2014
Note: on their latest album BEEQUEEN surprise again with their charming, slow Pop-music sound with female vocals, often with a psychedlic and jazzy touch and some experimental noises or phrases mixed in.... described as 'surreal dream-pop, straight out of DAVID LYNCHs TV series Twin Peaks'...
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"In the fickle world of pop music, Dutch band Beequeen forms an extraordinary beacon. Their fragile sound dances the fine thread that links experimental and pop music. The result is surreal dream-pop. It is therefore no surprise that Beequeen has been described a band straight out of David Lynch's TV series Twin Peaks. Frans de Waard (laptop) and Freek Kinkelaar (guitar and voice) have been making music together since 1988 as Beequeen. In 2007, singer Olga Wallis was added to the lineup. Her warm and intimate voice is the perfect icing on the cake for Beequeen. Around Midnight was recorded in 2013 and is loosely based on a story about Japanese Enka singer Michi Aoyama, the "runaway singer." Engineered and produced by Peter van Vliet, known for his work with the legendary 1980s Dutch new wave band Mekanik Kommando and, in later years, The Use of Ashes." [label info]


"With an output of over 20 full-length albums since the late 80s, Beequeen does not require much introduction I reckon. This trio continues their typical combination of traditional song-writing, ambient and experimental electronics on their new album Around Midnight, out on Catsun, which seems to indicate a departure from their former home, Important records. Most of the tracks are soothing, late night lullabies with the occasional soundscape, ambient tapestry and trippy rhythmic bit. Notable to me were the Bookcatchers song which has that hazy city lights brass sound which reminded me vaguely of the more ambient works of Nils Petter Molvr, The Song of The Runaway Singer which indeed could be the soundtrack of some kind of chase with an eerie and unworldly touch to it, and My Sleeper which has a 1920s chanson vibe going on that includes the appearance of a moody muted trumpet and lo-fi vocal treatment. Overall, the album seems to darken up a bit after the
first couple of tracks, to return to a more mellow ambience - akin to the way it sets out, near the end. From time to time it made me think of Use of Ashes for some reason, until I saw that Peter van Vliet had actually contributed to the album - apart from doing a proper engineering and production job on the whole thing. Recommended background for a cosy nocturnal get-together, or a decent listen at twilight with a bottle of one thing or another." [PJN/Vital Weekly]