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The Little Bear
The Little Bear
Plastic 350 Records
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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.

-Susan Frances

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