Coffee table rootsy blues cool from She Keeps Bees on their new album Kinship, their fifth in all. A Brooklyn based duo, they've been putting this stuff out since 2006 and clearly have mastered their art. Kinship is pure breeze from start to finish in the Joan as Policewoman, Cat Power, Portishead way of doing things. They make it all seem quite effortless and seamlessly tasteful while they're at it.
Perhaps lacking the full blooded emotional investment to jump from good to great, the record nevertheless is just smooth as silk. She Keeps Bees play it straight and maintain poker faces throughout. The result? A fine, consistent record.