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A Band of Bees, ‘Octopus’ (Astralwerks)

Recorded in their home studio on Britain’s Isle of Wight, the six-piece Bees’ third album is the product of a joyously short attention span. Suggesting a vintage various-artists collection rather than the work of a single band, the charming Octopus flits easily from a drunken slide-guitar shuffle (“Who Cares What the Question Is?”) to drowsy folk rock (“The Ocularist”) to brooding ska reminiscent of the Specials (“Stand”). Don’t be fooled by the fuzzy, seemingly offhand vocals: The Bees are one crafty outfit.

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