Sea of Bees is the musical project of Julie Ann Bee, or Jules as everyone calls her.
She sings, writes the songs, and plays lots of musical instruments.
"If I had to sum her up in a sentence, she’s sort of a female Sparklehorse. Her music is rooted very much in folk and rock but wildly experimental; some crazy, beautiful, wonderful sounds on her new album "Songs for the Ravens." On my top 10 for the year.” Robin Hilton, NPR radio host
"Took me about 50 seconds — the length of the woozy, haunting intro to “Marmalade” — to completely fall for Sea of Bees, the nom de tune of Sacramento indie-popper Julie Baenziger. Her debut album “Songs for the Ravens” sounds folky in some places, gauzy and ambient in others and twee as hell in still others, but beautiful throughout, and a potent reminder that emotional virtue is an artist’s most precious commodity. This one’s special, folks, let’s not screw it up." -Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands LA, LA Weekly
"Songs for the Ravens is bound to be one of this year’s finest records;as soon as you hear it you’re not going to be able to shakeit.” -Ned Lannamann,Portland Mercury
“I’m not entirely sure why I love this album so much... ...That which I cannot put my finger on, is the mysterious, wonderful, and addictive qualities of this album as a whole. Bravo to Jules and her Sea of Bees.” -Jason Lytle (Grandaddy, Admiral Radley)
Old Vinyl Factory 'Rhiannon' video
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Hey I got to sing on friend Kyle’s new Little Wings album, it was super fun! Check it out: http://www.thefader.com/2013/01/31/stream-little-wings-last-lp-interview/#/0
It was really special getting to do a Daytrotter session this year. We were really happy to do it. Now, they’ve listed “Gone” as the 23rd best track of 2012! http://www.daytrotter.com/#!/concert/best-songs-of-2012/20056399-37383579 And, our session made the top 100 too! http://www.daytrotter.com/#!/concert/best-sessions-of-2012/20056407-37383585
The day after Sea of Bees played the amazing Union Chapel in London, Jules and Amber were off to shoot video sessions with Old Vinyl Factory and Secret TV. Really nice sets and the songs came out great, check ‘em out: http://www.theoldvinylfactorysessions.com/artist/sea-of-bees http://secrettv.co.uk/site/insession-sea-of-bees-leaving-on-a-jet-plane/ http://news.qthemusic.com/2012/12/old_vinyl_factory_session_-_se.html
Check it out: http://www.cmj.com/mixtape/
When Jules and Amber were on tour with Jason Lytle they (and Jason) did a daytrotter session before their gig in SF at the Swedish American Music Hall. Listen here: http://www.daytrotter.com/#!/concert/sea-of-bees/20056280-37383433 It came out great, here’s what Sean from Daytrotter had to say about it: “…. These are people who enhance life not make it [...]
We did a cool split 7″ with our pal Jason Lytle over the summer. Jason covered “Won’t Be Long” from Songs For The Ravens and Sea of Bees covers “Get Up And Go” from Jason’s new LP, Department of Dissapearance. We each make little guest spots on each other’s tracks. It’s pretty special we think [...]
Hey, we just posted a bunch of new tour dates so we hope we see you in person soon! Here’s two videos from our last show in London: GONE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZiAlRkUHqE BROKE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dsjK-HI4D4
Our new video for Gone just premiered on CMJ! It was super fun to make guerilla style with our pal Mike Rafter who shoots skate videos. Check it out: http://www.cmj.com/news/video-premiere-sea-of-bees-gone/
Here’s a video Jules did for The Mahogany Blog while she is currently on tour in London.
So a few weeks ago we shot a video with our friend Kat Gardner in the foothills around Auburn and Grass Valley, CA. Kat did a great job and now you can see the video on Vice! See it here.