Album Review: Bear’s Den – so that you might hear me

So that you might hear me is the third studio album by Bear’s Den, expanding upon the band’s eclectic portfolio. The element of surprise here is a more electronic-influenced sound, which merges seamlessly with familiar soundscapes of the past. While Bear’s Den have sonically evolved – no longer mirroring the traditional folk they emerged from – what’s always present in their music is heart, grit, and connection. No matter the instrumental arrangement, Bear’s Den master the art of creating melodically gripping music, and this record is no exception.

‘Hidden Bottles’ is a grand start to the album. A personal song about alcoholism, it’s alt-rock animated with electronics, as is the gorgeous ‘Fossils’. There is a regal quality to Andrew Davie’s vocals that gives every song such incredible presence and poise. In the anthemic ‘Laurel Wreath’, an orchestra of synths is yet again weaved into the song with flawless finesse. ‘Conversations With Ghosts’ is indie-pop reminiscent of The Shins, whilst ‘Breaker/Keeper’ and ‘Crow’ represent the group’s signature acoustic, evocative folk.

Truth be told, there is not one bad song on this album. Each is here with character and purpose, flowing in and out of styles and always lyrically honest. Keeping fans on their toes is what these guys do best, and we love them for it. They express themselves without any musical restraint, and what valiant drive that is.

Julia Kwan

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