More and more groups seem to be wearing their influences proudly on their sleeves, and Bear in Heaven is no exception. With a knack for channeling ’70s krautrock and Morrissey-esque despondency, Bear in Heaven pull through with their latest release, I Love You, It’s Cool.
“Idle Heart” opens up the album with the typical krautrock drum groove, heavily covered with synths and textures. John Philpot opens up more space with his whispery, shoegaze-style vocals. This is the kind of track to fill up your head without blowing your eardrums with studio compression, much like some indie artists strive to do these days. Tracks like “Sinful Nature” and “Cool Light” are total post-punk chill-down tracks, like a mellow Joy Division that seeks to stay on border of cool and chaotic. By now, you’ll notice the synthwork getting slightly more intricate and precise.
Who can expect anything less than a psychedelic jam with a title like “World of Freakout?” With overbearing synth delays and the constantly repeating of the word “freakout,” one can assume to play this track during their next dance in the woods…or public park. Closing the album is “Sweetness and Sickness,” a droney, climaxing ambient piece with some hints of South East Asian world beat/psychadelia that’s begging for Jim Morisson’s approval.
To be honest, I Love You, It’s Cool is the definition of a delicate album – details were thought out and executed to the best of the artists’ abilities. Despite this, the album doesn’t strive to be fresh or moving like other releases, of the same ilk, have done this past year. It’s quite simply a matter of bad timing.