Bears in America hail from the Upstate New York city of Syracuse, a modest place known more for college basketball and cold winters than anything else. It’s not exactly the prototypical place you’d expect to find a band that combines warm, genteel ambient sounds with intricately layered pop melodies, but that’s just what Dan Creahan and Matt Gasda do on their deceptively beautiful debut EP, Bear Tracks. According to the band, Bear Tracks was recorded on and off in closets, basements, and the occasional serendipitous studio space over the last year or so. The three unassuming, hazy songs I’ve heard are the very epitome of slow growers, revealing more in the way of lush melody and careful song craft with every listen. Check out “Ratsbones”, which sounds like Feels-era Animal Collective on sedatives and the video for “Slipstream”, which was produced by their recently added drummer Harrison Willis.
MP3 :: Ratsbones
(from Bear Tracks. Download here)