Monday, March 6, 2017

Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree - (2017) Medicine

When first hearing about this new band from Stuttgart, Germany... I saw the name first, and thought to myself... Bees Made Honey in the what?. Right away with a moniker like that, it begs you to take notice. Whether you like it or not is irrelevant. 

Being the band's first album and as far as I know, the only recording thus far, it was given the title "Medicine", and this is just what the doctor ordered.

The quartet really capture a mood here. So much so, that it really takes the listener on a trip. Full of dreamy psychedelic mellowness, akin to Pink Floyd at their most chill. The desert rock noodling of bands like Colour Haze. Acoustic passages along with crushing moments of heaviness, that ebb and flow like you're being tossed around on a vessel at sea, during a mammoth thunderstorm.

There are only five tracks on the album so it seems like an EP at first glance, but you get nearly 45 minutes of space time with Medicine. Personally, I think it should have been released as one track. It's one of those types of albums... one you need to sit down to fully absorb from start to finish. To listen without any interruptions or distractions. This medicine should not be taken in small doses, this medicine should be taken all at once. An album that you won't forget the next day... and most likely one of the better albums this year.

-Adam Walsh

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