Bear in Heaven – I Love You, It's Cool

Album Review by Billy Hamilton | 02 Apr 2012
  • Bear in Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool
Album title: I Love You, It's Cool
Artist: Bear In Heaven
Label: Dead Oceans
Release date: 2 Apr

Bear in Heaven have always been a tough band to love. In contrast to like-minded brethren Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear, the Brooklyn-based trio's penchant for off-piste compositions has never struck a chord with the record buying masses. Yet, buoyed by the swooning adjectives of the music press, there was hope they could pull it together to create one extraordinary aural masterpiece. Sadly I Love You, It’s Cool is not it.

The band's third longplayer continues the trend of churning out glacial and bland compositions set by its predecessors. Cold, barren synths blow through the spine of a mainly lifeless affair, with the likes of Noon Moon and Kiss Me Crazy suffocating in a mire of repetitive rhythms. World of Freakout's android jittering at least wheezes with a gust of innovation, but this is quikly forgotten amid a concoction of overcooked hipster fodder.

Playing Stag & Dagger Festival, Glasgow on 19 May. http://www.bearinheaven.com