The vivid release within the new indie-rock track “A Beehive in My Chest”
Gently, descending notes on the piano introduce a simmering vulnerability that meets with the tender strumming of an acoustic guitar in M.E. Netzke’s newest track “A Beehive in My Chest.” As they collide, the two crescendo into a friendly web of sound along with Netzke’s own voice, the music building effortlessly through smooth, jazzy chords. As the song progresses, the strength of the musical interplay builds, waxing and waning across a dreamy, experimental musical line. The resulting sound is akin to some of indie rock’s greatest, like a sleek mashup between Jack Johnson, The Magnetic Fields, and Father John Misty.
“A Beehive in My Chest” is an unlikely love song, a homage to a moment that fizzles with emotional energy. The harmonies between the female and male vocal lines reflect the story behind the song: an argument between a man and his wife, both hiding their feelings of just wanting things to just be ok between the two. Netzke said about the meaning of the track, “”Beehive” is actually a true story about remodeling my kitchen. After opening a wall, we found a long-abandoned beehive inside it and soon thereafter my wife and I got in an argument that escalated until I found myself standing in the middle of my yard attempting to calm down. I was so angry it felt as though I had a beehive in my chest.”
M.E. Netzke, a Vancouver-based musician making self-described as “doom croon,” has been writing and performing original music since the spring of 2019. After spending time with a number of bands in the indie scene in Seoul, South Korea, he recently relocated to the west coast of Canada. In the wake of his years of genre exploration, he has easily embraced the baroque-folk style (reminiscent of artists like Rufus Wainwright, Beirut, Patrick Watson, and Lord Huron.) His work with producer and engineer Jon Anderson has given him a place for his “schizophrenic musical tastes” to take flight and “intermix among themselves in a way that makes you want to cry on roller-skates.”
His debut solo EP “Volume One: Geranium” was released in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. Still constrained to writing solely at his home into the next year, the result was a burst of creative energy that made way for his upcoming EP “Curtain No.2” to be created. As Netzke puts it, “had it not been for the prescribed time and space, the entirety of the songs on his follow-up album would have never been revealed.” And in 2022, Netzke will finally be able to tour, with the first stop being in Australia. Following the release of the highly-anticipated sophomore EP, he will continue performances in the U.S. and Canada. With numerous other releases scheduled for the rest of the year, 2022 is a busy time for the often reluctant artist. Follow M.E. Netzke on his socials and Bandcamp to keep up with those releases and listen to his new track “A Beehive in My Chest” below!