Bear in Heaven’s 2009 record BEAST REST FORTH MOUTH was excellent, one of the best releases that year-deep, powerful organic yet all synthesizers. The secret weapon here is the masterfully controlled vocals of Jon Philpot - he knows just when to let it all hang out. The recent follow-up I LOVE YOU IT’S COOL is just as deep and heavy and mysterious but also swings. This is the bear in disco heaven and the end result is atmosphere plus beats-a gorgeous record!
Weird Dream’s sound begins and ends with the shimmering guitars that are the centerpiece of CHOREOGRAPHY. The haunting harmony vocals also help push the music which is catchy neo-psychedelic pop boosted by the sparkly guitars – The Beach Boys on a distant water planet.
Kindness is a one man band named Adam Bainbridge. At first, one might think that this is your typical New York 70’s retro techno funk mix but Bainbridge mines many different styles on his debut record WORLD YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR MIND and seems comfortable with all of them. That alone is impressive and when coupled with the songcraft on display here ….Well, a most impressive introduction to the man and his music.
OTHER PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS by Breton is the soundtrack to abandoned burned out buildings and the occupy type protester. It’s a record of cut up strings and pianos and layered on synths and thumping percussion with hollow spaces and semi-hoodlum pronouncements in between . It’s a sonically impressive work that gets better with each listen although I wish the vocals were not so lazy. This is a very good record but I imagine this type of music with a better singer would be even more fantastic.