How to describe the sound of Bear in Heaven? Anthemic, electric, ethereal, moody, psychedelic, somewhat gothy, somewhat dancy... none of these classifiers quite hit the nail on the head. Regardless, the group, borne out of Athens, Georgia’s Jon Philpot and developed into a tight Brooklyn-based four-piece, is ready for a much wider audience. Like early Yeasayer, with whom they share more than just a kinship, Bear in Heaven has built inroads with their critically acclaimed, independently released albums (both on Hometapes) and are poised for greater success. And their current, extensive tour schedule should lead them there. Recently, the band stopped in Seattle for the first of two scheduled dates this year (they’ll be back in November) and performed the Capitol Hill Block Party. We grabbed them for an exclusive live session in the Caffe Vita Bean Room, which you can now watch here:
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