The Spirit Of The Beehive – “World Access” (Stereogum Premiere)
The Spirit Of The Beehive descend ever further into darkness on “World Access,” a new track from their upcoming EP, You Are Arrived (But You’ve Been Cheated), the follow-up to the Philadelphia band’s self-titled debut. The song makes it feel like there’s danger looming around every corner, and the video that goes along with it hammers that point home. Both go hand-in-hand to establish a haunting atmosphere. The video is a game of cat and mouse, with the cat being a demon in the shadows and a mouse being the terrified bystander trying not to get offed. The song carries the weight of being chased, and the inevitability of getting caught. Dissolves and skipped time match the jumbled nature of the track, slipping from droning feedback to eerie piano bits, all speaking to the impending doom. Underneath all the effects, there’s a traditional song peeking out at times, but it’s all filtered through abject horror — the catchiest part is a repetition of “I’m running” followed by “I can’t support you.” There’s no lightness here, only whispers in an ear while you’re sleeping and screams outside a closed door. The Spirit Of The Beehive have created a living, breathing nightmare in song form, and it sounds great. Check it out below.