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Bear In Heaven
I Love You, It's Cool
Hometapes/Dead Oceans
www.bearinheaven.com


Bear In Heaven's latest, I Love You, It's Cool, sticks to the band's roots but also shows signs of maturing and evolution. For those unfamiliar with Bear In Heaven, they are a Brooklyn-based indie group that focuses on electronic, borderline dub, and experimental sounds. Their original album was actually a collection of lead singer Jon Philpot's songs titled Tunes Nextdoor To Songs. After its release, the first incarnation of Bear In Heaven came together and released two albums, one in 2007 and another in 2009. The 2009 album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth, received solid recognition from indie crowds and publications. The latest works from Bear In Heaven are stripped down to a streamlined three piece.

I Love You, It's Cool is less dark than their previous releases, but that doesn't mean the boys have lost any edge. There is a solid sense of songwriting as well as Eno-esque soundscaping all over these recordings. The tones and feelings Bear In Heaven utilize have always been reminiscent of a well-utilized sound-bank from the '80s mixed with intense drumming and spaced out vocals filling in all the necessary gaps. This time around they really drive it home. Each track has its own personality and obvious shape, but the entire album works as a whole piece. It's refreshing to find a group that, despite its evolution, can maintain such a consistent sound. This album in particular though seems to have some serious time focused on the manipulation of certain sounds. Check out the claps on "Space Remains", it's quite the contrast to the nearly Tears For Fears/Junior Boys-style production on "World Of Freakout."

-Brad Knain

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