The notoriously reclusive and slow moving London band The Original Beekeepers release their third album for Linear Obsessional, honing down their peculiarly droll English chamber pop.
"Fear for the Future" contains 9 new songs, documenting aoproaching middle age, the choice of domesticity over creativity and the perils of nostalgia. Expanding the core sound with brass, guest vocalists and found sounds and samples, this is undoubtably their strongest album yet - including "This is the Age of the Train" a kind of updating of Flanders and Swann's Beeching train lament "slow train" into a post privatisation chugger and "Real Life Gets in the Way" the showtune about the dot.com
bubble we've all been waiting for.
Exquisite arrangements meet the expected sarky vocals and some sweet harmonies, and some brilliantly wrongfooting weirdness - Linear Obsessional's token pop band, a mass collective effort, (but largely the work of Tom Owen and Steve Bynghall) is back, and pre-brexit gloom has never been so lovely.
released November 26, 2019
For this album The Original Beekeepers are:
Tom Owen – vocals and instruments
Steve Bynghall – vocals and instruments
Tony Rich – drums
Chris Owens – bass
Jai Rathbone – guitar
Simon Henry – brass
Lindsey Lowe – brass
Ashley Miller – piano/ brass
Sara Jackson – guest vocals on “Real life gets in the way” and “The rest of the day has been cancelled”
Lincoln Wood – guest vocals on “Notice of cancellation” and “This is the age of the train”
Reitanna Seishin – sample on “Notice of cancellation”
Ben Colomb – social media
Other samples – found sounds and interviews by Amy Prior
Recorded at Tom’s Taping Den, Dalston Studios and Bally Studios. Mastered by Jeff Mortimer at JM Mastering.
All songs written by The Original Beekeepers.
Cover photo –British Rail Advertisement, Unused Image, 1965 (Lionel Rich)
Back cover - British Rail shopfront display (Lionel Rich) both pictures copyright T.Rich 2019
For full story see PDF booklet– mega-thanks to Tony for this wonderful picture from this father’s archive.
Our thanks to everybody involved, Richard Sanderson at Linear Obsessional, family & friends and everybody who puts up with us. Extra special thanks to Shammy Leather, King Kandy, The Hornsey Horns, Sara and Lincoln. Love to all and brace brace!
Get in touch www.originalbeekeepers.co.uk
Copyright Sham Tapes 2019. LOR 125 / BEEK 18.