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."
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