Bear in Heaven at Pitchfork Music Festival 2010: Live review
"I'm trying to start a trend," frontman Jon Philpot commented in reference to his suspenders, a few songs into Bear in Heaven's set earlier this evening. Let's just hope that the overall sound isn't another aspect of the group that catches on; the plodding beats, cheesy synths and heavily filtered vocals evoked one too many sonic-devices that are best left to the past. The trio seemed more concerned with creating atmospheric textures than with giving their music a sense of direction or drive, and in a festival setting, that's a sure-fire way to lose a good part of a crowd.
That's not to say the odd mix of moody psychedelia and quasi-danceable beats didn't have its merits; drummer Joe Stickney did an impressive job of driving along the more upbeat numbers such as "Wholehearted Mess." However, far to much of the set resembled the repetative, krautrock-esque strains of "Ultimate Satisfaction," music that seems best suited to hibernation.
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