Sea of Bees

A full three years after the release of her acclaimed sophomore album Orangefarben, one of the finest musicians to break out of Sacramento in recent years, Julie Ann Baenziger, AKA Sea of Bees, has finally released the highly anticipated follow up, a 10-track offering called Build A Boat to the Sun. The album dropped on June 29, 2015, via the London-based label 3 Loop Music. In case you’re not familiar, Baenziger crafts incredible folky, guitar-pop songs and she plays a ton of instruments, too. Over the years she’s received high praise for her work from NPR, LA Weekly, The Independent and just about every other major media outlet. For Build A Boat to the Sun, Baenziger once again enlisted the services of her good friend and producer/engineer extraordinaire John Baccigaluppi. The two have collaborated on every one of Sea of Bees’ releases, including Bee Eee Pee (2009), her debut full-length Songs for the Ravens (2010) and the aforementioned Orangefarben (2012). Build A Boat features guest appearances from the likes of longtime Sea of Bees collaborator and amazing vocalist/harmonizer Amber Padgett, as well as Geoffrey CK of Sunmonks, Kacey Johansing of Yesway and a few others. This album has an upbeat, full-band driven sound, possibly due to the fact that Baenziger recently bought a drum kit and spent as much time banging away on that as she did strumming her guitar. “I have finished the record I have been meaning to make,” Baenziger wrote on her website, “Things are changing for the good and I am happy.” The album is available at 3 Loop’s online store ( Check out to hear the catchy opening track, “Test Yourself,” as well as the first song written for the record, “Dad.” Keep an eye out at for tour dates and hopefully a Sacramento-area date will pop up any day now.

    Jonathan Carabba

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