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Buzzle Bee

Buzzle Bee

by The High LlamasThe High Llamas


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The Age of Aquarius is ever a-dawning for Sean O'Hagan and co., as the sixth High Llamas album floats rapturously higher in the rarified atmospheres of giddy Euro film soundtracks. The High Llamas continue their evolution from Beach Boys-influenced song structures to serpentine, mostly instrumental Sunday drives, wending through frothy homages to '60s composers like Francis Lai. Most of the vocals are of the "la la la" variety, though actual lyrics do pop briefly into the songs. Harmonies (featuring Stereolab's Mary Hansen) predominate over O'Hagan's sung melodies. More so than on previous Llama trips, the arrangements are kept spare, with vintage electronics generating a lighter-than-air feeling that the 5th Dimension would have envied. Belying the record's 39-minute running time (a chunk taken up by the old Llama trick of repeating one bar endlessly at the end), the songs melt into one another, so the mind's-eye images of mini-skirted, kohl-eyed dancing stewardesses flow uninterrupted. Buzzle Bee is space-age shiny and streamlined, too cool for orch-poppy kid stuff but effervescent enough to mark a gradual shift from the Llamas' Bacharach/Wilson-worship of old.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2000
Label: Drag City
UPC: 0781484019121
catalogNumber: 191
Rank: 173442


  1. The Passing Bell
  2. Pat Mingus
  3. Get into the Galley Shop
  4. Switch Pavilion
  5. Tambourine Day
  6. Sleeping Spray
  7. New Broadway
  8. Bobby's Court

Album Credits

Performance Credits

High Llamas   Primary Artist
John Bennett   Slide Guitar
Sean O'Hagan   Band,Musician
Andy Ramsay   Synthesizer
Rob Allum   Band,Musician
Marcus Holdaway   Band,Musician
Fulton Dingley   electronics
John Telfer   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Kelsey Michael   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dominic Murcott   Marimbas,Vibes
Emma Carter   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Sean O'Hagan   Composer
High Llamas   Arranger,Engineer
Fulton Dingley   Engineer
Dominic Murcott   Engineer
M2 Design Group   Cover Design

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