The Little Bear, the new CD from the vocalist who goes by
the moniker The Little Bear, is sonic pop at its finest. Produced
by Robert Ellis Orrall, The Little Bear combines dance-pop
with flecks of chamber pop, blues, and soul, making for a synthesis
of sonic bliss.
The trundling tempo of "Parachute" is torched in soft,
swirling strings and pliant keys as The Little Bear's vocals are
overdubbed in the chorus putting emphasis on the lyric "What
would you do if my parachute opened?" The rhythmic keys in
"Slow And Steady" move in sync with the vocals as the
taut strings prove to be favorable with her spirited register. The
vocal nuances in "Colded Cloud" demonstrate her elasticity
and control shifting to sprinting strides in "Sunshine"
which coordinate with the dance grooves and twinkling chimes. The
soft piano verses of "Misfits" cushion her words, "Do
you only fly on sunny days / Lick and wave your finger to determine
which way / I fell in love with love on my way to pick you up /
Til you called my bluff."
The vibrating strings in "Soft Machine" produce a heavenly
ascent turning more flesh toned in "Skin And Bones" as the
flouncy keys float and flow while spiked by blazing guitar chords.
The dancing notes of "Glow Worm" percolate at a pleasing
pulse as Asian accents twine through "Teflon" and the springy
strings project a harp-like texture. The slow swagger of The Little
Bear's vocals in "Wednesday" enhance the gravity of the
lyrics, "We could write a letter of the mistakes that we've made
/ Or we could just pretend to know how this will end."
The Little Bear both soars and sighs with chord progressions
that shift from blazing to sobbing. Singer-songwriter The Little Bear
has a contemporary take on folk pop adding favorable influences that
culminate into sonic bliss.
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