Be: One – A Rivertones announcement

25 November 2015 // Music



We are pleased to announce the first long player to be released on our record label, Rivertones.

A four-track album imagining the sound of British summertime as heard by one of the most important members of the animal kingdom – the bee. A hypnotic conceptualisation of the life, work and living environment of the bee, One is a truly transcendental record – think Spacemen 3 recording a series of 21st century outdoor ragas for Touch Records and you’re somewhere in the right direction.

Be’s One is released on 12 February 2016 – preorder a copy now.

BE ONE Promo CD Artwork copy

One is the soundtrack to artist Wolfgang Buttressmultiple award winning UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo – an installation that highlighted the plight of the honeybee, focusing on the importance of pollination. The music on the record is a constantly changing and evolving symphony – the sound of a dialogue between bee and human.

The album was recorded by musicians Kev Bales and Tony Foster – a duo known for working with Spritualized, Julian Cope, Dave Gahan and Mark Lanegan, amongst many others. Other musicians featured on the record include Jason Pierce, Youth, cellist Deidre Bencsik, vocalist Camille Buttress and Amiina (the string section regularly used by Sigur Ros). The recording sessions saw musicians improvising in the key of C along to a live audio feed of beehive sounds. Piano, Mellotron and lap steel were overdubbed later. The result is a unique piece of truly meditative music.

Buy the record from the Caught by the River shop for a special offer pre-order price of £17.99 vinyl (£9.99 CD) for a limited time only. All intial orders will receive an exclusive album edit within 24 hours of purchase.

The Be One project is currently organizing a series of live shows for 2016. More news to follow.

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