Sea of tran-quality washing up at King Tut’s

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FANS of Bright Eyes, Sigur Ros and Joanna Newsom are being offered a treat next week – with a visit from celebrated Sacramento songwriter Julie Ann Baenziger.

Jules – aka Sea of Bees – is playing Glasgow’s King Tut’s with her band on Thursday, April 12.

She will be playing from her stunning new album ‘Orangefarben’, which is out on April 9.

A follow-up to the hugely-acclaimed debut album ‘Songs For The Ravens’, the new work mixes guitar, bass, drums and also glockenspiel, strings and pedal steel.

‘Orangefarben’ – German for ‘the colour of orange’ – comprises ten original songs and a heart-tugging cover of John Denver’s ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’.

Highlights include the upbeat ‘Girl, the mellotron-flavoured mystery of ‘Smile’ and the ambient ‘Grew’.

Raised in Roseville – a conservative suburb of Sacramento, California, in a religious household where only Christian rock was allowed – Baenziger eventually broke free and started writing songs and playing house shows.

She was soon discovered by John Baccigaluppi, owner of Hangar Studios, who provided the means to record her debut EP ‘Bee Eee Pee’, which led to Heavenly signing her and releasing ‘Songs For The Ravens’ in February 2011 and now ‘Orangefarben’, both of which Baccigaluppi produced at Hangar.

Brimming with hooks and graced by spine-tingling vocals, ‘Orangefarben’ is a major leap forward for Sea Of Bees, who will be heading out on tour as a full band through 2012.

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Alan Muir