Bee and Flower: two views
Bee and Flower
Whats Mine is Yours
Whar's Mine is Yours cover
Bee and Flower's cinematic, intimate music reminds
one of a psychological and emotional rollercoaster ride. It's
dynamic and sensuous, but it has a beautiful sort of madness at
its core. Carefully orchestrated instrumentation - violin, piano,
lap steel, bass, drums, guitar, and glockenspiel - braids together
texture and melody with hushed, smoky vocals; the sounds extend
from the delicately minimal to dense ominous crescendos that stay
with you long after the music has stopped.
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer,
engineer, and self-driven D.I.Y'er, Dana Schechter moved to NYC
from her hometown of San Francisco in June of 1997. She joined
Michael Gira's Angels of Light in April of 1998 (albums include
How I Loved You, We Were Alive and Everything
is Good Here/Please Come Home). Shortly thereafter, Schechter
began seeking musicians for her then-woodshedded songwriting project.
Within 2 months, Bee & Flower was born in Brooklyn's Williamsburg
area: Dana (on bass and vocals), Ani Cordero on drums (later replaced
by Jeff Conaway), Rod Miller on keyboards, Lynn Wright on guitar
& lap steel, and Jon Petrow on violin & glockenspiel.
Since BEE AND FLOWER's first show in April of
2000, they've garnered critical praise and a growing NYC / Brooklyn
fanbase. With no promotion or support whatsoever, BEE AND FLOWER
received widespread college radio airplay in NYC. The first demo
charted on WNYU for 4 months in 2001 and then again in 2002 with
the pre-release of the full length CD. WFMU (NY-NJ) have also
aired the new CD; and B&F were featured artists on NPR / WNYC
radio show "Stretching the Song Form" in July 2002. The pre-release
CD also ranked as a top ten seller at famous Kim's Records in
NY's East Village for over 2 months -- again, with no promotion.
They've been described as "darkly beautiful"
(New Yorker Magazine, January 2002); "tense, moody, atmospheric"
(Village Voice, April 2002); "songs so well crafted they
feel spontaneous" (WNYC/NPR, July 2002); and "a slow-moving, seductive
morass of lyrical noise"
(Time Out New York, July 2000).
Coming in February 2003, BEE AND FLOWER's debut
CD, What's Mine Is Yours was released on San Francisco
label Neurot (owned/operated by the band Neurosis). What's
Mine is Yours was recorded with legendary NY engineer Martin
Bisi (John Zorn; Swans; Angels of Light; U.S. Maple; Sonic Youth;
Cibo Matto, etc,) with additional studio work done by engineers
Quentin Jennings and Doug Henderson. In 2001 B&F contributed
a song to critically acclaimed CD This is Next Year - a
Brooklyn-Based Compilation (Arena Rock Records, NY) showcasing
Brooklyn's thriving music scene.