Thursday, February 16, 2012
“Sex,” one of Persephone’s Bees most recent singles, was originally intended to be a satirical look into an ageless motto: Sex sells.
“I realized why advertising companies use it so much,” says singer-songwriter Angelina Moysov. “The song wasn’t a satire anymore. [Sex] is an essential part of life and everyone is interested in it.”
The tune became more of a celebration of sex: “If you’d only stay with me/ I’ll do anything you want!”
The music rides parallel to Moysov’s epiphany, channeling the world of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks while blending in electronica with dominant femininity.
The song is one of eight tunes from the forthcoming, 11-track LP New in Berlin that the Bees have released, via their website, during the past year. The outfit – fronted by Russia native Moysov and dynamo guitarist Tom Ayres – eschewed working with a big-time label as it has in the past.
“The music industry has become so strange and confusing,” Moysov says. “We decided to go back to the way we used to work.”
The Bees have released a new track just about every month. Once all 11 are available on their website, likely April, they plan on releasing it in on vinyl (a few bonus tracks will be available by digital download).
“It seemed logical to release the album this way,” Moysov says. “Nobody wants albums anymore. They just want songs.”
Fortunately for audiences, current trends translate to more creative control for one of the county’s most treasured acts.
“[We’re] doing everything ourselves,” she says. “You really have to be creative these days and follow your intuition.”
PERSEPHONE’S BEES play at 7pm Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Turf Club, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $15/adult; $10/military, students. 372-5863.