The Spirit of the Beehive - Hypnic Jerks
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Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2018 Ratings: #276
Liked by 2 people
September 14, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Tiny Engines / Label
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I'd like to thank Mitski for putting me onto this fantastic little album a year or so ago, and on this relisten I think i've gained a newfound appreciation for just how many ideas that Spirit of the Beehive are playing with here. It truly feels like an "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to a dreamy lofi indie rock aesthetic, incorporating all of these elements and then some. It's totally riotous and punk-infused at one moment before morphing into a completely different (and ... read more
This is rather jarring as opposed to how their previous records were mind-melting. This just felt messy and not all that fun to listen to.

Best Track: fell asleep with a vision
Worst Track: can i receive the contact?
this is really interesting stuff. Its psychedelic, post-rocky, and indie all at the same time. They do so in a way that doesn't feel jarring or out of place but instead, creating their own sound.
Fav tracks: Nail I Couldn't Bite, Mantra Is Repeated, Fell Asleep With a Vision, Can I Receive the Contact?, Poly Swim, D.O.U.B.l.E.U.R.O.N.G., Hypnic Jerks, It's Gonna Find You

Mixing is a little weird but its a great project
It only takes two minutes for “Hypnic Jerks” to establish its baseline atmosphere; opener “Nail I Couldn’t Bite” transitions from an opaque spoken-word intro into a lethargic, dreamy psychedelic guitar melody. From there, The Spirit of the Beehive settle into an dense, shoegaze-influenced atmosphere; the sound is immersive, though not compelling enough to carry “Hypnic Jerks” alone. Indeed, while The Spirit of the Beehive get some mileage out of their ... read more
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Track List

  1. Nail I Couldn't Bite
  2. Mantra Is Repeated
  3. Fell Asleep With a Vision
  4. Can I Receive the Contact?
  5. Poly Swim
  6. D.O.U.B.l.E.U.R.O.N.G.
  7. (Without You) In My Pocket
  8. Hypnic Jerks
  9. Monumental Shame
  10. It's Gonna Find You
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Added on: July 30, 2018