So That You Might Hear Me
Assembled in 2012, ‘Bear’s Den’ is a British folk rock band consisting of Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones. The duo have recently released their third studio album, titled ‘So That You Might Hear Me’, which poetically expresses a thoughtful reflection on what it truly means to be human. The unification of soft plucking of guitars and rich harmonies craft for a meditative and richly emotive album.
The opening track ‘Hiding Bottles’ begins with a melodious and dream-like plucking of a guitar which invites the listener into their narrative about the dangers of alcoholism. An alternative-rock sound is thence established by the lively thrashing of electric guitars and the dominating presence of Davie’s vocals. A follower of the band would recognise the folk origins of their sound but imbedded within a newly established electronic ambiance which helps to emphasise the powerful emotion in their meaningful lyrics.
‘Blankets of Sorrow’ is my favourite track on the album which is most reminiscent of their first album ‘Island’. The warm harmonies act as a contrast to the energetic atmosphere projected throughout the rest of the album. This is the last song on the album, and presents the narrative of connecting with someone who is no longer there – a subtle link to the title of the album. The song is subdued and contemplative as the personal guitar sound and powerful lyrics explore the human emotion of sorrow.
In total, ‘So That You Might Hear Me’ has provoked me to contemplate the meaning interweaved throughout their lyrics as they explore important topics such as alcoholism and the prominence of death. Bear’s Den has successfully achieved a thought-provoking while folk-infused album which has enriched my taste of music.
Written by Millie Pick