Forest Bees is what happens when you take the daughter of Indian immigrants; feed her on a steady diet of Bollywood, Suicide and shoegaze; strand her as one of the few women of color in a sea of white indie boys playing guitar; drop her into the warm lap of motherhood; write her off as 'boring and domestic'; fire her up to reform her band which only inspires her to start something new. And that leads us to these songs about identity + fluidity + the mindfuck of realizing that who you are is not always who you are allowed to be. Songs about growing up never seeing anyone who looks like you on tv or in magazines (Off Color); post-partum depression (Hollow Bones); inarticulate longing (Golden Dream); and the ultimate revenge fantasy of being about to turn your back and walk away from it all (Dust).
released January 26, 2018
All songs written and performed by S.Singh expect Golden Dream (written by S.Singh and J.Larson). Additional guitars on Golden Dream by Malcolm Posey. Recorded at Tiny Telephone, Oakland. Engineered by Beau Sorenson. Mastered at Chicago Mastering by Matthew Barnhart. Photo by Juliette Tinnus. Background image by Jean-Vincent Simonet.
the startford 4 were on the same scene as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Warlocks and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the early 2000's there music is compared to the shoegazing monsters My Bloody Valentine to the post no wave sound of sonic youth to the noise pop sounds of Yo La Tengo, the new album is outstanding and it's there third album in 12 years. Matt catling (Freakverbration)
You made my June. I'm not really sure why I love your music so much, but it's just really inspiring that you turned all of these things that happened to you into these jams and ballads. You're brave to process your life and ideas through music and put them out here. I guess many musicians are, but for some reason I didn't really think of it that way until I heard this album. break.light