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Maple bee
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Prik127 - CD 'super jewel' case
CD + booklet 12 pages

Release on the 16th of October
References: Emilie Simon, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Emilia Torrini
Style : Indie-Electro-pop-folk
11 Tracks- 44'

This new album is just amazing. Melanie Garside alias Maple bee comes back with her most beautiful opus!

1st album revelation :
Her first album 'Hello Eve' has been acclaimed by the British press and all over the world.
Who is Maple bee ?
The Londoner Melanie Garside aka 'Maple bee' is a very talented young composer and female singer. Moreover she plays as bassist with her sister’s Grungy band, 'Queen Adreena', since 2004. She is also singer and songwriter with the 'Mediaeval Babes' wellknown of British Charts, and guitarist/vocalist with rock band 'Vertigo Angels'.
The Maple touch :
First of all discover a fantastic voice, Mel is a multi-instrumentist and likes to play with little electronica sounds too. This new album mix hits and melancholic folk songs (guitar, cello, accordion...)
Prestigious credits :

• The French Electro-rock band Misstrip (Arno & Fred) has created the rhythmic lines, electro beats and Arno plays Fender Rhodes on the album.
• The album has been mixed by Simon Gogerly (U2, Gwen Stefani, Lamb, Underworld).
• Photography by Bill Ling (www.billlingphotography.com

• The american director Kate Schermerhorn (Emmy awards 2007 with the film 'seeking 1906') shot her videoclip ‘No place’.
• The artwork is realised
by the photograph & clipper James Sutton.

11 Tracks :
1 While you were sleeping - 2 Quiet the Silent world - 3 Me and rose
4 Mirrior - 5 No place -
6 Queen 23 - 7 I want It all
8 Sweetness In your light - 9 Somebody take me Home
10 So Far From Lost -
11 This Face This Name


MP3 : I want It all

MP3 : While you were sleeping

MP3 : Queen 23


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Video-clip : No place
Shot by the American director Kate Schermerhorn (Emmy awards 2007 with the film 'seeking 1906').

 
Hello eve

   

Prik104 - Digipack + video
Digipack CD
Ref : Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Liz Frazer...
Genre :
acoustic pop , folk electronica, female voice
12 Tracks - 46' + video bonus

Who is Maple bee ?

The Londoner Melanie Garside aka 'Maple bee' is a very talented young composer and female singer. Moreover she plays as bassist with her sister’s Grungy band, 'Queen Adreena', since 2004. She is also singer and songwriter with the 'Mediaeval Babes' wellknown of British Charts, and guitarist/vocalist with rock band 'Vertigo Angels'.

How does it sound ?
'Hello Eve' is primarily a female vocal album built around guitars and other acoustic instruments, bound together with quirky electronica and crisp programmed beats.
Melanie Garside aka 'Maple Bee' plays almost every instruments (acoustic guitar, singing, flute, organs, recorders, bass..).
'Maple' music is a mix of intimistic acoustic pop songs and 'subaquaticelectro' experimentations... a kind of 'Folktronic' with some pop-rock, post-rock influence...
The producer John Fryer (NIN, Cocteau Twins...) recognized her great talent and produced the track 6 ‘Rare colors’.
Melanie 's voice could remind Alison Goldfrapp or Kate Bush ones, sometimes powerful or caressing, determined or undecided, reproachful or tender.
She sings poetic, evocative lyrics inhabited by ghostly characters, angels and messengers, lights and memories… Welcome in the delicate and seductive 'other world' of Maple bee.

12 TRACKS:1- Something 2- Alright (build me a house) 3- The messenger 4- Bell song 5- sadness landed 6- Rare colors 7- Moth touch 8- Turn in 9- Hello Eve 10- Fit in 11- Cocooner 12- No place (unreleased track) + Video


MP3 : Something

MP3 : Alright

MP3 : The messenger

MP3 : Hello Eve

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Review :
Maple Bee is the newest release by Prikosnovenie which after Misstrip seems to have found a new path to follow after the dark folk medieval sound that characterized the past years of the label. The folk attitude is always present but on the new releases you can also find a sort of electronic pop attitude that could help the promotion of the releases to a wider audience. Maple Bee is the creature of Melanie Garside (already bass player with Queen Andreena and singer with Mediaeval Babes as well guitarist/vocalist with Vertigo Angels) and HELLO EVE is her first album. Prikosnovenie did an international version of her “Chasing Eva” double album and picked up eleven tracks out from the twenty one lot and added a new track: “No place”. Since the first tracks you realize that Melanie is a talented and gifted vocalist/music writer and ideally her music is linked to names like Kate Bush or Tory Amos. How does her music sounds? Well, try to imagine a combo of a jazz trio (piano, guitar and drums) teaming with some folk players (cello and strings) all produced by an electro producer. A perfect example are tracks like the opening “Something” or “Turn in”. There’s also a beautiful track produced by John Fryer (he produced bands of the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins, Cradle Of Filth, etc) titled “Rare colors” where the cello and the flangered guitar duet with a synth bassline and a jazzy light drum. If you love acoustic songs with a little bit of electronic and folk, try this one. P.s. Check also the video of the beautiful "The messenger" (maybe that was the song I preferred).
Review by: Maurizio Pustianaz . Rated: 4/5
 

If you like, listen also :

Misstrip

 

PRESS :

Independent on Sunday
This debut album is an audacious move, but Melanie Garside - sometime member od Mediaeval Baebes and her sister Katie-Jane's Queenadreena, as well as leader of Tabitha Zu and Vertigo Angels - is no debutante. In her Maple Bee guise, Garside's voice echoes such ethereal faerie figures as, in reverse order Alison Goldfrapp, Alison Shaw, Bjork, Liz Frazer, Kate Bush, and Sandy Denney, over a subtle, glitchy folkatronica backing. Her own material is dreamy, her cover of Doris Day standard 'Perhaps Perhaps' is inspired. Enchanting stuff. SP
4/5 Stars

Q Magazine
Expansive folktronica from London singer-songwriter
The name offers a clue to how this sounds: syrupy, mellifluous, but with a sting in the tail. Maple Bee is clearly a woman of varied talents: she plays bass in UK grungers Queen Adreena and sings with choral group Mediaeval Baebes. This solo album, however, is a sleek, downtempo affair, variously recalling the feline electronica of Portishead, the tremulous intimacy of Tori Amos and the off-beam avant-folk of Kristin Hersh. It's all defiantly quirky, but lovers of left-field mood music will find much to explore. LUKE LEWIS
Rip It! 'Hello Eve'
3/5 Stars

Rocksound - issue 65
WHO?
Solo Artiste who is also bassist with Queenadreena, singer with the Mediaeval Baebes, and guitarist/vocalist with Vertigo Angels.
SOUNDS LIKE?
The more poignant moments of NIN's 'Pretty Hate Machine' crossed with the tripped out bliss of Portishead and The Sundays.
STANDOUT TRACK?
'Hello Eve'


MORPHEUS MUSIC REVIEWS
STYLE
This female vocal album is built around guitars and other live instruments, bound together with quirky electronica and crisp programmed beats. This is an album with a very contemporary sound both vocally and musically. Melanie Garside (AKA Maple Bee) uses her voice creatively - in whispers, confiding, intimate - close-up, spoken, distant, passionate and just plain good singing.
MOOD
The richly textured gothic aesthetic of the cover art appropriately sets the mood for Chasing Eva. There are brooding songs here with a dark edge, gentle mellow acoustics, words strung across sampled noise and imaginative sound effects and tracks with a chorus line that will have you hooked and singing along. Maple Bee clearly enjoys sound - her compositions are never too busy, each element luxuriates in its own space be it a recorder, pitch-shifted white noise, flanged guitar or layered whisperings.
WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM
Maple Bee will draw the post-rock, electronica generation that enjoys an individual approach to the female voice. If you like emotive songs, strange noises, guitars, loops and programming - this CD is a great choice. I'm sure this album will appeals to fans of Harland, Delerium, Collide and the like.

WEB :

Site Maple bee: www.maplebee.com
Site Mediaeval babes : www.mediaevalbaebes.com