Cinematic arrangements. Experimental, creative jazz-pop instrumental. Engulfs you so you’re transported to another place, another time. Dreamy. Simultaneously futuristic and retro. Bee vs. Moth impressively changes tempos, styles and arrangements throughout the album using varied instrumentation including strings, saxes, brass, organ and found percussion. It’s impressive that an instrumental band can be so expressive. No words needed for this sonically superior journey to the umpteenth degree. Turn on, tune in, vibe out. I don’t listen to a lot of instrumental or jazz but I’m a long-time fan of Bee vs. Moth. The music’s en par with Henry Mancini and the Breakfast at Tiffany’s soundtrack. A decade ago, bassist Philip Moody and drummer Sarah Norris started Bee vs. Moth together and the band has since grown into a diverse, rotating cast with ambitious arrangements featured in film and television scores. Shelter in Place is Bee vs. Moth’s third studio release. “It Looked Good in the Showroom” oozes swanky pizzazz. Feel I’m in the midst of a classic film in “Machine Gun Reverie,” black and white and moody. “The Snitch” is funky keys and horns. Then there’s cheery, super jazzed “The Buffet of Knowledge.” Starting with drums and a cool riff, “Problems with Crowds” makes you feel you’re navigating the subways in a trench coat and dark shades. Auralgasm.
BEE VS MOTH TOUR:
09/19 Austin, TX @ Spider House Ballroom w/ Peter Stopschinski and Foot Patrol
09/26 New Orleans, LA @ The Beatnik
09/27 Atlanta, GA @ Eyedrum
09/28 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
09/29 Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown
09/30 Hamden, CT @ private house concert w/ 11twelve13
10/01 Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s Place w Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band
10/02 New York, NY @ Pianos
10/03 Pittsburgh, PA @ VIA Festival – Thunderbird Cafe
10/04 Washington, DC @ Sonic Circuits Festival
10/05 Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn
10/06 Tulsa, OK @ The Soundpony
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