Miss Gardiner: Beggars Opera Bees/ Promise In Motion Review

Promise In Motion RGS 9486


Go wireless de/electrify
Offset your carbon footprint
Activate your microwave shadow de/electrify

The disappearance of the honey bees
Is a mystery far from being solved
And some people say
If honey bees disappear so will we

The greatest suspect of this tragedy
Is cell phone mast harmful radiation
And Einstein said
If honey bees disappear so will we

(The Bees)
Colony collapse disorder we’ve lost our way
Colony collapse disorder
Tell me how we find our way home please
Tell me how we find our way home
When our electro communication is jammed.

I heard a programme on the radio
About a Londoner
Keeping his bees in a high rise life shaft
If honey bees disappear so will we

‘BEES opens with Ricky Gardiner’s signature, soaring, guitar sound, singing through doors of chord changes, the sound experience is bright, progressive yet ducks into darkness, implying an underbelly has been rumbled and you’ll hear it later. Singer Virginia Scott’s ‘Go Wireless’ mantra plays as an introduction chorus and brings a glamorous edge that moves in to a kind of Karen Carpenter voice, darkly appealing for the salvation of the honeybees and all apocalyptic possibilities with Colony Collapse Disorder, that the song is sweetly telling us about.

The lyrics are very conversational (you get the feeling this is what Virginia might speak like if you were casually talking with her over a cup of Earl Grey). She expertly makes it glide over brooding growls of guitar and piano tones in the verses opening out the darkness of the track. There are hints of music concrete with intense sounding samples of bees working, midi trumpet’s hooking their way through a similar vocal – ‘how can we find our way through, when our electro-communication is jammed’ – pointing us to other human ways of communication that are so often over looked, that is psychic, electro energy, magnetic fields, vibes etc.

This is a kind of progressive pop, with a staple of pop now being the marriage of the sweet and dark, the clean and dirty, that The Velvet Underground gave way to all those years ago. BEES is lyrically apocalyptic and sonically sweet and lush like fresh fields after an April shower, a cosmic twist, the sinister in the sweet with some expert instrumentation, operatic builds and falls, Carpenter-esque pop at every unexpected turn.’

-Miss Gardiner 2012


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