00:00 | 'Oh baby, I've been around, but not around enough.
But what more can I do, than ask you for my love?'
A bass player is by reputation "the quiet guy" in the band. Until that special moment when he sheds his shell, for "still waters run deep", to use another commonplace. In the case of 29-year-old Simon Casier both clichés appear to hold true.
His goal in life is making music, his favourite occupation is being on stage. Well, near-favourite, because there is also this thing called love in his life. When at secondary school, Simon played in bands for which he also contributed compositions, but this past decade he has played his bass exclusively in groups that already included excellent songwriters, like Balthazar, Douglas Firs and Senne Guns' band. Throughout this period Simon has never stopped writing and recording songs, though, on guitar and piano. He could have released a debut album at least five times, but it was not until now that he thought the time was right. "The Afterglow is not a hotchpotch of everything that preceded its creation. I have written these songs within a period of just a few months, after my previous relationship ended and the present one started. Sometimes the lyrics should be taken literally, sometimes metaphorically. Its theme is universal and identifiable. One could easily do away with the largest part of pop-music if themes like the lack of love or being turned down were to be banned."
Forget about Bob, Zimmerman is a truly adventurous rock trio with a dazzling debut album.
00:00 | She Keeps Bees is a blues rock band from Brooklyn, New York, consisting of Jessica Larrabee on vocals and guitar and Andy LaPlant on drums. They have been compared to the likes of Patti Smith, the White Stripes, PJ Harvey and Cat Power.
The duo formed in 2006, while Larrabee was recording an album as a solo artist under the name She Keeps Bees ("bees" coming from her surname) and met LaPlant while bartending. He soon helped to produce her music and started attending her shows, until she suggested he play with her. They have self-produced/released three records as a band since forming and have toured both the US and Europe with artist such as Joy Formidable and Sharon Van Etten. Larabee has also been a guest vocalist for Sharon van Etten and on Groove Armada's Grammy-nominated album Black Light.
As for reception thus far... The Guardian said that "they're like the White Stripes in reverse." The New York Times compared her to PJ Harvey, but added that "far from Ms. Harvey's theatrical poise, Ms Larrabee is loose, vehement and unchoreographed, jittering around the stage." Drowned in Sound said of Larrabee that "she has amazing control over her vocals, able to simultaneously be fiery and reserved, seductive and vaguely crude." Fellow Brooklyn musician Sharon van Etten said "she has one of the best voices I have ever heard and she has more soul in one finger than most female singers have in our scene."