Armoured Bear - Imagination
If the cutesy artwork, title of their forthcoming album ('Honeycomb Moons'
), and inclination towards performing in front of a specially-designed 'Night-Garden' backdrop doesn't give away Armoured Bear
's musical intentions, then nothing will. And it's true: the His Dark Materials
-loving Corkonians' debut single is undeniably twee in parts. Still, even if the title track is a bit unbearably saccharine upon its first spin, repeated listens draw out its many nuances: slouchy, reggae-tinged pop, warm harmonies and a melody dreamier than the local High School hunk. Honeycomb Moons
is a gentle folk-pop ballad that sees lead Bear Anthony Noonan profess: "I'll knit you a pillow of thoughts to rest your light head on"
, and ..With Grace
is a jaunty acoustic number that integrates a sassy trumpet riff. Bring on the album.
Imagination is available to download from June 6th.
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