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Bear In Heaven take influence from Barrett-era Pink Floyd, mix it with shoe-gaze effects racks, reverbs and washed out colours to produce spacious three- to four- minute pop anthems with towering choruses. Their 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. Even when delving into darker and more personal subject matter, Jon Philpot still manages to imbue the songs with an atmosphere of seduction and intrigue, all lush synth beds and warm electronics.
Praise from the press:
‘Woozy, Modest Mouse-like guitars wheeze over a propulsive, sputtering beat before a high-speed keyboard throb takes over and shoots it into outer space’ –Treblezine
‘They’ve Yeasayer’s playfulness, MGMT’s way with a deceptively catchy melody, and The Ruby Suns’ penchant for layering on an infectiously happy haziness that keeps the listener coming back.’ – BBC Music
Islington Boys Club are energetic, punchy and captivating. They are well known for their stage presence and action packed sets of melodramatic indie rock, creating an eclectic and individual sound. They have been doing the rounds of Shoreditch for about a year, and have gathered quite a following.
Blue on Blue are a stripped-down, garage take on shoegaze; the boy / girl guitarists could be Bobby Gillespie and Kim Deal (both circa 1988). They are a London based jangly pop three-piece, who woo the audience with their energetic, enjoyable performance.
Pitchfork are hosting a super new remix of Bear In Heaven’s Ultimate Satisfacion by The Field.
As previously reported, Brooklyn synth-gazers Bear in Heaven are set to reissue last year’s BNM’d album Beast Rest Forth Mouth September 14 via Hometapes. The reissue will come with a bonus disc of remixes from notables such as High Places, Studio, Jesu’s Justin K. Broadrick, and minimal techno mastermind Axel Willner, aka the Field. The Field’s rework of Beast Rest Forth Mouth standout “Ultimate Satisfaction” is available above.
For this eight-minute-plus remix, Willner takes the original tune and dips it in a bath of warm, tumbling drum beats and wavering synths, cutting and pasting vocalist Jon Philpot’s yearning calls.
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