Following their magnificent, immersive performance at Sonos Studio in London recently, BE have just added Glastonbury Festival to their festival appearances this summer. The soundscape was developed as part of artist Wolfgang Buttress’ multi-award-winning installation, ‘The Hive’. BE will perform music from their recently released debut album ONE, which is out now on Caught By The River’s Rivertones label.
The multi-award winning beehive installation, The Hive, also moves to its new home in Kew Gardens this summer. The Hive features thousands of lights and soundscape linked by sensors to a living beehive. Conceived as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo and designed in collaboration with BDP and Simmonds Studio, The Hive is the first ever British Pavilion to be reused and brought back home, and will be unveiled within the stunning landscape of Kew Gardens on 18 June 2016.
The album ‘ONE” was recorded by musicians Kev Bales and Tony Foster – a duo known for working with Spritualized, Julian Cope, Dave Gahan and Mark Lanegan, amongst many others. Other musicians featured on the record include Jason Pierce, Youth, cellistDeidre Bencsik, vocalist Camille Buttress and Amiina (the string section regularly used by Sigur Ros). The recording sessions saw musicians improvising in the key of C along to a live audio feed of beehive sounds. Piano, Mellotron and lap steel were overdubbed later. The result is a unique piece of truly meditative music.
Praise for BE•ONE
“A transcendental drone symphony between man and bee that is surely one of the year’s most beguiling offerings.” The Guardian
“A meditative mind-meld of man and insect” Uncut
“Superior waggle dance music” Mojo 4*
“A genuinely immersive experience” 4* The Guardian
(live review from Nottingham Arts Theatre)
BE•ONE is out now. It’s available from all good record shops or directly from Caught by the River: