Beequeen is the collaboration of Frans de Waard and Freek Kinkelaar. Originally focusing on ambient dronescapes, recent albums have shifted to a more traditional song based style. This outing features vocals by Olga Wallis and is produced by the Legendary Pink Dots? Erik Drost, as well as original Pink Dots guitarist Barry Gray making an appearance on the melancholy ?Melt.?
"Sandancing" is a warm and dreamlike pop album with warbling tape loops, pulsing drum machines, and more than enough electronics and experimentalism to remind you of Beequeen?s ambient roots.
Album opener ?A While Away? is the perfect introduction before easing into Wallis? voice on ?Melt.? Further in, is the sound collage, ?The Edie Three Step? followed by the rhythm machine propelled ?The Honeythief.? Closing is the darker and orchestral ?The Illogical Song.?
Over the years Beequeen has released an impressive amount of recordings. Thanks to this album I?ll definitely be hunting some down for my collection at home. 8/10 -- Michael Flora (11 March, 2008)