Whilst entering the scene, discarded and giggling, Sea of Bees (alias Julie Ann Baenziger) does not seem like she usually sounds. After having been listening repeatedly to her brilliant follow-up album Songs for the Ravens, finding it one of the most powerful folk-productions of 2010, I think I was expecting an entrance more significant.
Where was the lighting, the thrill, and even more importantly, where was the signature drums? With a second thought however, or let us say a second sound-test, it dawned on me that my expectations might have been looking in the wrong direction. Sea of Bees (and Dalston Roof Park for that matter) seemed to be offering something else.
On the top of a five floor building and in the midst of a freezing, clinched audience, Sea of Bees is nothing but significant. Smiling, talking, laughing and apparently unaffected by the insisting wind behind her, she is as low key as the environment, all fun, different, near, nice.
…an interesting and dynamic artist.
It is when she sings that Dalston Roof Park really awakes. Her voice is impressively present, just as ambiguous as her lyrics, and when she gives it her best, as in the performances of both Sidepain and Skinnybone, the audience seem to be long past the wind as well.
During a tight one-hour performance, mostly based on songs from the last album but also with a few teasers from the forthcoming one in December, Sea of Bees proves herself as an interesting and dynamic artist.
Sea of Bees is back in town at XOYO July 26th.
Image courtesy of Julie Ann Baenziger