THIS WEEK; BYE POLAR BEARS
Bye Polar Bears is the project name for an anonymous musician, writer and producer based in Wiltshire.
I think his biography explains this so much better than I could do in a month of sundays:-
It started when not gigging or recording, jobless and skint; the music is a specific style, electronic, acoustic, pop, folk it’s all in there.
Its either a BPB song or it isn’t. The music is all created in a home studio, slightly chaotic with notes, lyrics, vinyl records and instruments all over the place. The easy thing to do would be to bring other musicians in to help record but this is the project of one person and to keep the feel of the music right that is how it has to be.
Sometimes it is necessary to learn a new instrument before recording a song. When a song is right for ‘Bye Polar Bears’ it gets recorded; when enough are recorded there might be an album, Some live performances might happen in the future, but for the moment its just one person in a studio recording with no interference or input from anyone else.
I feel a real infinity to this guy as his method’s echo my own in many ways but we are not here to talk about me,we are here to talk about the wonderful artist Bye Polar Bears.
I think their song ‘High Tide'(below) is quite simply one of my favourites songs of the last year.Its music that I think captures my ‘warm & toasty’ label to a tee.It dances with rhythm & melody,sweet melody.When that chorus hits it reminds me I’m alive,it tells me to hope,to trust & enjoy what my ears find & to incorporate a spring in my step as I go about my day.I hope you hear much of this yourselves when you listen.
The music of Bye Polar Bears is really well put together,with layers of loveliness that allow the songs to breath,to rise & fall,to connect.
Great musicianship(with drumming that Steve Gadd would be proud of) aligned to fine production says this guy knows his way around a song.
Kicking up some dust as they go about their business,DJ’s are already cottoning on to their goodness-you will be hearing lots more about Bye Polar Bears I have absolutely no doubt.
Prepare your stereolaptopogram,make yourself comfy and be ready to open your hearts to Bye Polar Bears
1. What are you up to at the moment?
Sat in my studio, thinking about making a sandwich, probably something spicy, feeling happy and glad that I got asked to do this.
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6. Describe what you do?
7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
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9. What artist inspires you?
10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?