Dessa (of Doomtree) – The Beekeeper

blame it on Shake September 29, 2011

On October 4th, Doomtree’s First Lady will be releasing Castor, The Twin. A collection of live re-workings to 10 of Dessa’s previously released records. The album also features an advance single from her upcoming 2012 studio release; which I’ve included for stream below.

Writing the ‘The Beekeeper’ was a little bit like trying to write a myth. I knew I wanted expansive lyrics; I wanted something epic, a subject that could support a dramatic piano line and layers of swooping strings. I tried to imagine what humanity might look like from afar: Sort of an ant-farm perspective on the way we work and love and live our lives. I made a few glancing references to Greek figures (Prometheus and the like), but the song really centers around the character of a beekeeper.

I imagined a tall and slender woman in a netted dress, armed with a pitcher full of smoke, who offers the comfort of sleep to the humans in the song, in the same way that beekeepers smoke their hives to sedate the bees during the collection of honey.

I write a lot of breakup songs, so the large scope of this one was challenging — lots of drafts, lots of cursing, lots of whiskey breaks. But I’m proud of the result. I think ‘The Beekeeper’ has reinvigorated me as a student — I want to learn more history, more science, more myth, so that I might eventually draw from those sources to write better, stranger, more interesting songs. – Dessa

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  • got it preordered already

  • bobbychalkers

    Same here

  • Dawg

    do u body building girl LOL tho ya dope girl cmon

  • PW

    That dude looks like a chick?

  • wait so is this the ugliest chick in the world, or one of the best photoshops?

  • Broman5thfloor

    Shes actually pretty fuckn hot (but wont lie that pic is sorta manly) but never ther less has more talent than your favorite rapper without a doubt #WIFEY MATERIAL FUCK U HATERS

  • dude this picture is scarin me

  • DKJ

    Dessa is dope

  • Wake up Shake

    Damn Shake I know you fuck with Minneapolis hard but your sleeping on too many dope rappers from the 612! MaLLy has been had the co-sign from your GOAT since Slug wore a MaLLy shirt at Soundset so I don’t know what the fuck your waiting for………M.anifest, Meta, Mike The Martyr, Midwest Konnect, Greg Grease, I.B.E, Audio Perm, Illuminous 3, Tribe & Big Cats!, Niles Miller, Yakub, Big Dylan, Bobby Raps
    ps. Doomtree are from the suburbs!


  • JL

    Dessa = yes… you* no

  • boobless

    this bitch looks mean and sexy. all be it boob-less

  • Bad pic. She actually has fuckin’ huge tits.

  • And Won

    she looks like someone i know.