multi-instrumentalist Bear With Me returns with third track ‘Looking For’,
which shows a more organic and acoustic side and announces his debut-EP to be
released in May. With beautiful vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars, floating
synths not unlike fellow Nordic acts Röyksopp, Kings of Convenience, Bear With
Me is at the center of an eclectic music milieu that comes out of the city of
two singles out, half-dane, half-norwegian, Thorbjørn Kaas and his project Bear
With Me, has already been compared to the likes of Air, Tame Impala, Röyksopp,
Jaako Eino Kalevi and is a great example of left-of-center alternativeindie-pop. The two previous tracks had him charting at Hype Machine and he was
highlighted by Deezer in the UK as a one-to-watch artist. The new single
continues down the same path – adding to the palette of the Bear With Me sound
– and also shows what you can expect of the forthcoming EP – an eclectic mix of
alternativepop and indie-pop that weaves songs out of organic and electronic
material mastering both the acoustics, analogue and synthetics.
track Thorbjørn says: “I wrote the song after being
hit by the fever for a couple of days. Suddenly the sun started shining a
morning in a cold April and the birds started singing. I grabbed my mother’s
guitar and went out in the garden. Having been unable to play for days and
leaving it was such a relief to express myself. Originally the acoustic guitar
and the vocal harmonies were the only elements in the song. We took the
acoustic guitar out of the arrangement when we orchestrated the song as a band,
but realized we missed this organic touch”.
The themes of the song bears witness of that maniac
state having the fever puts you in, reflecting on how to live your life in
hindsight and how this maybe restricts how the present is perceived. So, is it
the past or the present we are living for and what is it we are searching for?
As for now it is a good track to listen to right here, right now and hopefully
a track that will be part of some memories that you can look back on.
single ‘After Me’ and follow-up single ‘Such A Thing’ created quite some buzz
in Denmark and abroad, placing the tracks and various playlists on streaming
services, radio and the Hypemachine trending chart. Bear With Me was compared
to a lot of established acts on the alternativepop and rock scene and the blog
Poule D’or seems to coin the project in one sentence:
pure and real, carried by his airy vocals and meandering synths, all
beautifully layered, as light and elegant as ivy in a summer breeze”
summerbreeze we are longing for during winter is again present with vocal harmonies
reminiscing of Crosby, Stills and Nash and synths that sounds of melting ice
and the coming of spring.
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