Fuckin' A! *Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth* - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Lemonade Stand > Just the Bang and the Clatter
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-20-2009, 10:07 AM   #1
Blue Crack Addict
 
mikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Black Lodge
Posts: 24,922
Local Time: 10:54 AM
Fuckin' A! *Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth*

i love discoveries like this. ones that just blindside you when you least expect it. i highly suggest you all check this out. Pitchfork, as usual has a link to the album streaming on Lala if you follow the link below.


Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Bear in Heaven: Beast Rest Forth Mouth

While it may seem as if there's not a new release without a hyphenated genre to give it birth, Bear in Heaven's second LP feels fresh simply because it resists easy categorization or comparison. This isn't to say it's sonically groundbreaking, though-- fitting for an album whose title references the four main navigational directions, Beast Rest Forth Mouth is as familiar-feeling as it is difficult to pinpoint. Mostly made up of textural, spacious three- to four-minute pop anthems with towering choruses, BRFM is a welcome reminder that an album doesn't have to be bombastic to feel huge and important. Take out the earbuds and let it fill a space: This is music that's bigger than your iPod-- music you'll want to feel all around you.

Though not quite coming out of nowhere, BRFM seems like a surprise gift-- a striking consolidation of the spiky psych-prog tendencies of their debut into a pop framework. In terms of career gear-shifts, the move Caribou made with Andorra is the most recent precedent. Though at 41 minutes the album is economical and sharp in its execution, the band-- all from Georgia and Alabama-- still imbues its compositions with the generosity of spirit that makes the best Southern rock so invigorating. "Beast in Peace" opens the record with a gentle lockstep before shifting seamlessly into a mile-wide chorus. Then, they expand that chorus even further, like switching to the widest camera lens to capture a vista they just realized the full vastness of. Elsewhere, as its title indicates, "Ultimate Satisfaction" is an IMAX-wide ode to what starts out as a simple thought, then turns bodily-- the refrain of "coming down!" charts the sensation spreading like a spasm. That towering exultation is also felt on the primal "Deafening Love". While aiming for a similar sense of awe-inspiring bliss, "Love" widens the focus and luxuriates in the tremors, approximating a more protracted take on Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song".

Yet Bear in Heaven's greatest trick is creating music that evokes the sort of physicality and scope that could soundtrack a Hollywood film, but also works equally well at stirring up intimate bodily passion. Lush synth beds, warm electronics accenting polyrhythms, and Jon Philpot's yearning, boyish howl coalesce into a vibe that's muscular without being macho, and which strikes a rare balance between nuanced emotion and overwhelming sensation. Even when delving into more disconcerting subject matter-- dabbling in self-loathing on "Wholehearted Mess" or confronting paranoia on the slinky "You Do You"-- Philpot still manages to imbue the songs with an atmosphere of seduction and intrigue.

An album like BRFM couldn't exist without a paean to the most severe and high-stakes of endeavors, and first single "Lovesick Teenagers" more than meets the requirements for 2009's Epic Song About Tortured Young Romance. With briskly alternating synth chords spitting by like fast-moving highway stripes, the titular couple are doomed to crash, but most likely in a JG Ballard sort of way. The pair martyr themselves in order to eternalize their passion, and the band is generous enough to resurrect them later, in the reprise of "Teenagers" that closes the album, seamlessly and surprisingly emerging from "Casual Goodbye". As a gesture, it's a slight nod backwards to the suite-like structures of their debut, but moreoever a celebration of abundance that wraps up an album overflowing with feeling. It's also an exclamation point signaling that Bear in Heaven not only clearly recognize their own best instincts, they're not shy about dwelling on them. Sure, bands can adapt to the current musical climate by adding extras to LPs, tweaking release dates to accommodate fan interest, or even giving away their music free. A curtain call like "Teenagers", though: now that's generosity.

— Eric Harvey, November 9, 2009
__________________

__________________
mikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 10:14 AM   #2
Blue Crack Addict
 
mikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Black Lodge
Posts: 24,922
Local Time: 10:54 AM
for those who like YT previews:

YouTube - Bear In Heaven - You Do You

YouTube - Bear In Heaven - Beast In Peace

YouTube - Bear In Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers

__________________

__________________
mikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 11:49 AM   #3
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
Imperor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 9,043
Local Time: 10:54 AM
This is in the queue. I'll make it more of a priority. Ed Droste of THE GRIZ! fame was pimping it on The Twitter, too.
__________________
Imperor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 12:54 PM   #4
Blue Crack Addict
 
mikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Black Lodge
Posts: 24,922
Local Time: 10:54 AM
:up

yeah, i can't stop listening to this.
__________________
mikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 01:42 PM   #5
Blue Crack Supplier
 
lazarus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 38,011
Local Time: 08:54 AM
Got it.

Will listen shortly.
__________________
lazarus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 02:52 PM   #6
The Male
 
LemonMelon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Hollywoo
Posts: 65,816
Local Time: 08:54 AM
Yep. It's on the list. I'll have plenty of time to hit this up over the weekend. Sad, yes, but if this record is as good as you say it is, it might make up for it.
__________________


Now.
LemonMelon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 03:12 PM   #7
Blue Crack Addict
 
mikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Black Lodge
Posts: 24,922
Local Time: 10:54 AM
hope you all enjoy it!
__________________
mikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2009, 04:52 AM   #8
The Male
 
LemonMelon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Hollywoo
Posts: 65,816
Local Time: 08:54 AM
Really dug this. Surprisingly electro. Good vibe, flow, n' shit. It's always a pleasant surprise to hear a new band that isn't going all over the map (The XX has grown on me somewhat for this very reason). I realize this is their second album, but even at that stage, many bands don't have it all together yet. I enjoy their sound, Wholehearted Mess was probably my favorite of this particular bunch. It's going to take a few more listens to absorb, particularly in the lyrical department, but that first listen was very promising.
__________________


Now.
LemonMelon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2009, 03:39 PM   #9
Blue Crack Addict
 
mikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Black Lodge
Posts: 24,922
Local Time: 10:54 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by LemonMelon View Post
Really dug this. Surprisingly electro. Good vibe, flow, n' shit. It's always a pleasant surprise to hear a new band that isn't going all over the map (The XX has grown on me somewhat for this very reason). I realize this is their second album, but even at that stage, many bands don't have it all together yet. I enjoy their sound, Wholehearted Mess was probably my favorite of this particular bunch. It's going to take a few more listens to absorb, particularly in the lyrical department, but that first listen was very promising.


yeah, i'm about 5 more listens away from giving their first album a try too.
__________________
mikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2009, 12:07 PM   #10
Blue Crack Addict
 
mikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Black Lodge
Posts: 24,922
Local Time: 10:54 AM
i'm gonna check out their first album today. gosh do i like these guys!
__________________
mikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2009, 03:32 PM   #11
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
Imperor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 9,043
Local Time: 10:54 AM
I'm on the drive back to Austin right now and just listened for the first time. Good golly. Daddy like.
__________________
Imperor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2009, 05:03 PM   #12
Rock n' Roll Doggie
VIP PASS
 
If you shout...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 5,377
Local Time: 10:54 AM
They're playing a show with Surfer Blood, at Schubas. In, like, a month or two. I will probably go, if I can bear the thought of that neighborhood in the middle of the fucking winter. Ugh.
__________________
If you shout... is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2009, 11:19 PM   #13
Blue Crack Addict
 
mikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Black Lodge
Posts: 24,922
Local Time: 10:54 AM
i'm really liking the debut album too. a lot more abstract than BRFM. wow. these guys are quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
__________________
mikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2009, 11:21 PM   #14
Blue Crack Addict
 
mikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Black Lodge
Posts: 24,922
Local Time: 10:54 AM
fuck! just...fuck!

YouTube - Bear In Heaven - Werewolf
__________________
mikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2009, 11:38 AM   #15
New Yorker
 
U2inUtah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Utah
Posts: 2,755
Local Time: 09:54 AM
Just gave Beast Rest Forth Mouth (East West North South?) a couple listens and gotta say its pretty damn good! Love the electro feel to it.

I will definitely be checking more of these guys out...it looks like they're coming to Salt Lake in March too!
__________________

__________________
U2inUtah is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lawyers, priests, heaven and the whatnot... Lou Holtz Lemonade Stand Archive 3 05-07-2002 11:14 AM
Why did Judas go to Heaven? The_Sweetest_Thing Free Your Mind Archive 26 04-03-2002 04:38 AM
Can atheists go to heaven??? Vorsprung Free Your Mind Archive 42 03-29-2002 05:45 PM
U2 in Heaven The_Sweetest_Thing Everything You Know Is Wrong Archive 3 01-21-2002 12:06 AM
Heaven on Earth We Need it Now running_still Everything You Know Is Wrong Archive 0 09-15-2001 10:23 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com