BEAR IN HEAVEN
 
PREMIERE CFCF Remix of 'The Reflection Of You
and CONFIRM LIVE DATES FOR MAY

 New album, I LOVE YOU, IT'S COOL out 2nd April
Bear in Heaven have revealed CFCF's remix of 'Reflection of You'  - the original of which will appear on their forthcoming album I Love You, It's Cool - as well as LIVE DATES for May. 
 
16-May UK London  Hoxton
17-May UK Brighton        Green Door Store
18-May UK Liverpool      Leaf / Liverpool Sound City
19-May UK Glasgow TBC
20-May UK Manchester Soup Kitchen
22-May UK Leeds   Brudenell Social Club
23-May UK Bristol Louisiana
30-May FR Paris         F Point FMR   
2-Jun IRE Dublin  Forbidden Fruit
4-Jun AT Vienna Chelsea
14-Jun DK Copenhagen Vera
15-Jun SE Hultsfred Hultsfred Festival
16-Jun NO Oslo Blaa



I LOVE YOU, IT’S COOL
Label: Dead Oceans/ Hometapes
2nd April 2012  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Track list:
Idle Heart
Noon Moon
Sinful Nature
Cool Light
Kiss Me Crazy
World Of Freakout
Warm Water
Space Remains
Sweetness & Sickness
 
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Most people assume that when a band makes it—that is, reaches a critical mass of listeners, where shows across the country get packed, where the big festivals come calling, where placement on year-end lists seems pre-emptively settled—the work stops. It’s as if all the hours spent writing and rehearsing, tacking flyers to utility poles or maintaining forever-multiplying social media platforms suddenly switch off as some vaunted rock-star lifestyle switches on. And in some cases, maybe it does; then again, Bear in Heaven’s never been about easy expectations of normalcy. 
 
After the release of their second album, 2010’s Beast Rest Forth Mouth, big things began to happen for the Brooklyn trio of Jon Philpot, Joe Stickney and Adam Wills, from the aforementioned accolades to an electrifying collection of remixes featuring some of electronic music’s heaviest hitters, like The Field and Studio. As if in a transatlantic dream, they even split a single with Norway’s Lindstrøm and Christabelle, who covered their calling card, “Lovesick Teenagers.” But Bear in Heaven didn’t settle for the new well of notoriety they’d opened. Rather, they played some 200 shows in support of Beast Rest Forth Mouth—touring the world, playing progressively bigger rooms, building an intricate stage show that turned an album of songs into a synesthetic experience. When it was over, they retrenched in Brooklyn and, during the dead of summer, retreated to a chilly practice space to work harder than they’d ever worked on any other project. They wrote, re-wrote, arranged, re-arranged, spending days or weeks building one song at a time. After months of testing their limits and trusting their instincts, Bear in Heaven emerged with I Love You, It’s Cool, an album so vivid and visionary that it meets and even exceeds the confidence and calm its title suggests. 
Praise for Bear In Heaven’s ‘Beast Rest Forth Mouth’
"Somewhere in indie rock's highest peaks, after ascending through a cloud of swooshing sonics and jagged rhythms, you're find Bear in Heaven…" Mojo
 
“psychedelic brilliance” The Sun
 
“alluring” Time Out
 
"hugely impressive prog-pop. One to file alongside the earlier work of Yeasayer…." Uncut
 
“utterly delicious” DJ magazine
 
For years, Bear in Heaven existed as a nights-and-weekends band, the sort of project that was more of a casual hobby than a career path for a few Southern natives who’d been living in the city for years. As such, they associated more with New York’s experimental vanguards, whether playing at the late, great Tonic or touring as a backbone for composer Rhys Chatham. But in 2010, Beast Rest Forth Mouth delighted listeners with the unexpected—futuristic rock music that didn’t sound alien or bound to ostracize. Taking these songs from coast to coast and continent to continent, they learned that having fun with this music was copacetic, that they could delight a crowd while defying musical binaries. I Love You, It’s Cool turns that realization into a peerless set of instant anthems.
 
“You come off of a tour, and you have ideas of what you found yourself enjoy playing over the last years,” says Wills. “It felt good when people would dance. We tried to turn that into a record, to emphasize that. But there’s still an absolute need to take the pop song and ruin it.”
 
Indeed, some of these songs are ready for the floor. On “Sinful Nature,” a perfect, tiny guitar theme spirals through colossal drums and slabs of synthesizers, suggesting perpetual motion. “Cool Light” booms with bliss, icy keyboards reflecting off of a relentless throb. It’s inescapable. 
 
But the intricacy and edge of Bear in Heaven’s music is not only here but sharper and more sophisticated than ever before. Philpot’s programming is both complex and compelling, whether in the refracted rainbows he warps on “Kiss Me Crazy” or the noisy matrix he weaves across “Space Remains.” Certainly, “The Reflection of You” feels like a hit, with a hook that instantly catches and a bridge that curls its finger—lyrically, stylistically, temptingly—toward the dance floor. Philpot’s mix of nostalgia and need is immediately relatable, too, bringing the band’s exploratory sounds a little closer back to home. But the song exits in a moment space-rock ascendance, a readymade rock-club banger that erupts into a bold new direction. 
 
I Love You, It’s Cool is the first time Bear in Heaven has sounded so unapologetic and so evolved, so risky and so redeeming, so focused and so finessed. After years of restless exploration, this feels like a definitive arrival. I Love You, It’s Cool is music written in the present tense but ready to speak to the future. The work is its own rarified reward.
 
 “We are a functioning band. We can work full-time on a record. We’re all focused on this one thing that we’re going to make, with no sidestepping,” says Philpot. “Making this record has been one of the best times of my life.”    
 
David Wrench engineered and mixed I Love You, It’s Cool during two months at New York’s DNA. Roberto Lange, Rhys Chatham, James Elliott and Agathe Max contributed to the sounds. Dead Oceans and Hometapes will partner to co-release I Love You, It’s Cool on 2nd April 2012.
 
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