Seabear - We Built A Fire

Despite starting off as a solo project for Icelandic musician Sindri Már Sigfússon (the Icelandic Beck) Seabear has now grown into a fully formed band of its own, with input from all its members. This very Icelandic need for democracy could have destroyed the creative aspects: sure they may all be speaking to each other on the tour bus, but diluting your key member's efforts in the interest of fairness can lead to some extremely average material.

Thankfully, it seems Mr.Sigfússon has chosen his bedfellows wisely. We Built A Fire may lack some of the homebaked charm of 2008’s The Ghost That Carried Us Away but it more than makes up for it with a cohesion and breadth. Vocally, comparisons with Nick Drake are clear from the outset. Sindri’s gentle emotive delivery is the glue that binds each piece together.

Mother Nature has a major role to play in the proceedings; she weaves a deeply organic and earthy thread through this indie-folk tapestry. Instrumentation blows like the wind and patters down like raindrops on ‘Fire Dies Down’, invoking memories of childhood days trapped indoors staring out the window, only to twist at the half way mark, parting the clouds and welcoming shafts of light down from the heavens allowing tiny feet to race outdoors in the search for puddles and adventure.

‘Leafmask’ owes a musical debt to William Oldham with its measured and deliberate beat offset against a wistful country twang. Beautiful male and female vocal harmonies waltz together to its down-tempo arrangement. As they spiral across the dance floor a gentle draught pushes the door ajar a warmth and passion floods the room.

As our English sun struggles to put his hat on Seabear provide a much needed spike of serotonin for the soul.



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