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