Saturday, August 13, 2011

Collections of Colonies of Bees

Another review up late Friday afternoon at Blurt, this one of the experimental post-rock outfit Collections of Colonies of Bees.

Collections of Colonies of Bees

Last year, Collections of Colonies of Bees joined with fellow Wisconsinite Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) in their Volcano Choir joint effort, an odd, evocative album that spliced Vernon's haunting falsetto with the pointillist complexity of this avant rock outfit. With Giving, the band returns to its pounding, instrumental grooves, eschewing voices altogether, except for a short, computer-altered interlude in "Lawns." Unlike thoughtful, occasionally melancholy Unmap, Giving bursts with adrenalized optimism at every turn. Cruising at blur speed over rhythmic, repetitive landscapes, its four tracks convey a sense of rising possibility. You can't listen without a slight quickening of pulse, a subtle uptick in confidence.



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