SOUND: FOLK ROCK
The offering is entirely well-rounded, best described as a folk epic. The use of banjo throughout is prolific, with string-plucking rampant amongst the ambling tales shared on the EP.
Opening track 'Sahara Pt i' fades in like a shimmering mirage on the horizon, an illusion of noise eventually joined by a gentle guitar. 'Pt II' takes us in a new direction, building on its predecessor to reveal a cavernous, electric song. Further in, 'Don't Let The Sun Steal You Away' is much more of a traditional folk tune, marching forth with a hefty bass drum beat and drenched in harmonies. On the other hand, 'Writing On The Wall' couldn't be any more different, with its entirely brazen demeanour and succulently addictive upbeat rhythm.
The comparisons will be unavoidable. Not only does lead singer Andrew Davie have a voice not dissimilar to Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, but their entire musical schema is quite obviously within the folksy realm of Mumford and Sons (whom the boys toured with earlier this year). Yet there is much that sets Bear's Den apart - the juxtaposing tracks on 'Without/Within' proves their style can just as easily be sombre as it can be joyous.
The offering is entirely well-rounded, best described as a folk epic.
This isn't some artsy, abstract folk music group you're dealing with - the trio that makes up Bear's Den are serious musicians, who know precisely what they're doing. With a heady reputation for solid live shows, these guys are unmistakably worth keeping an eye on.
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