Brooklyn’s Bear In Heaven have been carefully carving out their post-everything sound since forming in 2004. Electronic music has been an underlying element of the triumvirate’s evolving sound, with vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Jon Philpot and guitarist Adam Wills often moonlighting as DJs. What’s more is that over the years they’ve had a select few BIH tracks masterfully reinterpreted for the dance floor by masters Matthew Dear (“Autumn”) and Lindstrøm (“Lovesick Teenagers”).
While on their just concluded international trek supporting their acclaimed fourth album, Time Is Over One Day Old, featuring kick-ass singles “Time Between” and “Autumn,” we connected with Jon Philpot over e-mail and found out more about Bear In Heaven’s passion for DJing.
Kings of Oslo’s late-night space disco vibes and proprietor of all things funky, this duo has returned with their heavily anticipated second album.
Mixing together the best of both organic and synthetic sounds into jams that shuttle the listener off into space, these tracks use live guitar, Latin percussive bits and massive synth lines alike. Built more as a sunrise session or a lazy afternoon in the park, the low BPM range and heady breaks/builds make for a super trippy time. Incredibly lush psychedelic grooves with a loose relaxed feel prove that these guys understand the power a hypnotic mix can have. If Pink Floyd met Bootsy Collins you would only be half way there, as the effects and technology used throughout the productions would blow the minds of our tripped-out forefathers. An experimental jam-session-approach to the arrangements remains a constant theme, while arpeggiated basslines, cinematic melodies and brave mixes also play key parts. This post-disco, space-fused, funk collaboration will be remembered as a defining installation for a new genre of electronic music.