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CD REVIEW: MAPLE BEE – Little Victories

| 24 June 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: MAPLE BEE – Little Victories
Easy Action
2014
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8/10

Maple Bee - Little Victories

Ex-Queenadreena and Mediæval Bæbes vocalist Melanie Garside’s latest project Maple Bee layers a rootsy acoustic alt-country/folk aesthetic over a hyper-modernistic dream-stroll through Kate Bush/Tori Amos country to great effect.

The likes of the breathily gorgeous To All The Lost and Blossom Falls show an artist creating for the sake of creating, commercial expectations be damned. These songs are lush, their tendrils easily creeping inside and comforting the listener from their first airing.

Indelible hints at Sigur Ros-styled dreamscaping, sounding positively other-wordly, like an angel delivering the song through her. Row You Upriver is more primal and organic: think Mazzy Star-meets-Bob Dylan. A cover of Donovan’s Catch The Wind is evocatively punctuated by Dylanesque-harp and a wistful vocal; whilst album closer Almost Home successfully blends all these myriad elements to forge a song which is startlingly simple-yet-complex.

Importantly, all these comparisons are merely signposts on the road… Maple Bee is her own soul, Little Victories is a huge victory, commercial results be damned.

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