“Bees” by Smoke Season, Single Review

Album art for "Bees" by Smoke Season. Image Cred: Smoke Season“Bees” is a new single by indie-alternative rock band Smoke Season. Formed in 2013, Smoke Season is comprised of Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen. Their newest song, “Bees,” combines interesting lyrics and instrumentals with almost sensual sounding vocals to create a totally unique and extremely captivating song.

The song starts off slow, the vocals by Wortman leading the way into the song kind of like the rabbit leading Alice down the rabbit hole. The vocals and the melody of the song flow seamlessly together. Wortman’s vocals are quiet, precise, and delivered with a purpose. Every note that she sings is designed to match the melody and the lyrics perfectly, driving the song forward and capturing your attention from the first note. It’s very impressive. The occasional backing vocals (assumingly by Rosen) just further link up the instrumentals with the vocals, making the whole song appear as a unified piece of art – which is exactly what it is.

With “Bees” being so vocal driven, it’s hard to put too much focus on the instruments and how they’re being used. It seems like there’s a lot of instruments and elements being played at once, and that’s why it’s so easy to focus in on the strongest element – the vocals. At first it’s hard to pick each of the instruments and elements out of the song, but it’s not important anyway. What’s important is what all of the instruments combined create. The melody created in “Bees” has both depth and (somehow) an air of simplicity, making it all the easier for you to just melt away into the song. But one thing’s for sure. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing what else Smoke Season has to offer.

Song Rating: 4.5/5

Image Cred: Smoke Season

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