Singer-songwriter visual artist meets cellist-composer... Julie McGeer and Peggy Lee have backgrounds informed by jazz, folkand pop collaborations. Julie has worked with guitarist Tony Wilson, composer Lisa Cay Miller, and bassist James Meger. Peggy, who is known for her instrumental ensembles, has worked extensively with Veda Hille, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz and Mary Margaret O'hara.
The album is a fiercely original and intimate experience that combines jazz, indie pop and folk roots to find a sum that is greater than its parts. Seductive grooves resonate with soul and intermingle as lush horn arrangements form a complex idiosyncratic counterpoint, casting dark shadows and vibrant light sometimes simultaneously.
The Sands is a rare confluence of Western Canada's foremost players from the jazz and indie scene including JP Carter (Inhabitants, Destroyer, Dan Mangan), Paul Rigby (Neko Case, AC Newman), Cole Schmidt (Pugs and Crows), Darren Parris (Frazey Ford) and Barry Mirochnik ( Neko Case, Veda Hille).
Beast to Bone features the dynamic songwriting team Peggy Lee and Julie McGeer and is produced by the ever-innovative, Polaris prize winner Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq) , a known catalyst for powerful musical experimentation across Canada. Collectively, the ensemble comprises over a hundred years of musical experience -- a vintage imbedded in the music.