Album Review: Bear Mountain ‘XO’

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 at 11:12 am by
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You may already know of Bear Mountain. Their album XO dropped just about a year ago, and they were the opening act during much of Bloc Party’s 2013 US tour. Their debut album has since been trickling down the appropriate indie channels, and is not one to be dismissed.

XO is dance music to get down to without it being in your face. It’s a bright record, infused with an assortment of samples and the impossibility to sit still while listening to them. Ian Bevis’ passionate vocals sound like Win Butler of Arcade Fire, but with the zest of Prince. Each track brings something different to the table, but standouts are “Congo” and “Faded.”

In an interview with Straight, Bevis recounts how, despite playing in multiple bands (including an aggressive punk band) he got into making electronic music first through GarageBand, and later graduating to a Music Production Center (MPC).

“I would sing acoustic songs on the guitar, and I knew somewhere in the middle, that’s where I wanted to be,” he said, noting the sound is still evolving. “The voice and the electronic music… in the middle there, there’s a magic zone that we’re trying to find.”

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They’re also supposed to have a crazy technicolor light show during their gigs. Can’t really go wrong with that.

Give ’em a listen.

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