What do you get when you take the quirky rock of The Fiery Furnaces and the psychedelic international flair of Dengue Fever? The first five tracks of the new LP by San Francisco's Persephone's Bees. The album begins with a playful piano melody ('Way To Your Heart') that's edgy and sweet. 'City of Love' could be a lost Cardigans track with the keyboards taking the helm for every melody and lead. And then there's Angelina Moysoz's tender and soothing voice that carries each song with such an obvious knowledge of music and outstanding vocal range. Beautiful.
In the latter half of the record there are even more great reference points which will help you understand how fun, catchy, and rocking this band is; The Bangles on 'Even Though I'm Fooling Around', The New York Dolls/Runaways glam-rock barrage on the ultra-groovy 'Paper Plane', Pizzacato 5/60's kitsch on 'Queen's Night Out', and the heavy guitar bliss on 'Home' with it's rubber band guitars and fuzzed-out effects (totally unexpected and rewarding).
When I first listened to this CD I was so shocked in how easy it is for Persephone's Bees to jump around from genre to genre while keeping their originality and spark in every track. And the songs are obviously fun and recorded so damn well (kudos to Eric Valentine), I still can't get over how awesome the drum sound is! What I like best about Persephone's Bees is that they don't sound like imposters or rip-offs, they clearly dig a lot of great music and it shines through without ever bothering the listener. Notes From the Underworld is a refreshing take on what is mostly a "psychedelic rock" album. It's consistent and severely varied in musical direction across the span of the entire record. I honestly can't stop listening to this album.
Rating: Highly Recommended
Listen to a hint of how great this album is with the track 'Nice Day':