Bear Mountain – XO
I went to the rehearsal for the Olympic Games opening ceremony last night. Quite a spectacle, with a whistle stop ensemble of UK history and pop music. Shouldn’t say more but definitely worth watching. Meanwhile, from the place of the last Winter Olympics (Vancouver) a couple of tracks from Bear Mountain (more here). Nice bit of indie electronic. Free downloads.
Two Step mixes synths with indie drums and Arcade Fire massed choruses. There’s something fabulously uplifting about it all. Survive is a much more conventionally indie tune with added synth. It has that indie lost smallness at its heart. A bit too Coldplay.
Blurb: Bear Mountain’s electro/dance style blends syncopated bass lines and arpeggiated synth chords with live instrumentation and soaring vocals to produce a style that is unmistakeably fresh and powerfully captivating. With a vocal timbre reminiscent of Ray Lamontagne, and an emotive, spacious sensibility in the vein of Damien Rice, Bear Mountain performs with powerful release and vulnerable honesty.