The Sands is a highly original and adventurous project built around the songwriting talents of Peggy Lee (music) and Julie McGeer (words). The former is a Juno-nominated jazz cellist and composer, while McGeer is an eclectic singer/songwriter/poet. On excellent debut album Beast to Bone, they enlist an A-list of Vancouver players, including JP Carter, Paul Rigby and Barry Mirochnik, while Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq) contributes tasteful production. The Sands incorporate folk, indie pop and jazz strains seamlessly, with a sense of musical adventure that sometimes brings Feist to mind. They cover Lennon classic "Jealous Guy" here, but it is the originals that most dazzle. A lovely accomplishment.