Some bands sound like they’ve been making music to accompany a riot. Solar Bears sound like they’ve been locked away for a while, watching playing video games and watching movies on silent. Coming for Dublin and Wicklow, the duo craft a sound completely removed from the camp neon realms of chiptune and dabble in affecting ambience that draws on classical influences without ever fulling elaborating on that fact. Their name, whilst sounding like deliberate pitchfork bait, is stolen from a Russian science fiction film, which goes a long way to describing the bizarre inconsistencies at the heart of this duo. Hip whilst being square, it’s odd to be overawed whilst listening to an electronic instrumental act that would likely think chillwave is a type of deodorant.
Their debut album has just been put out by Planet Mu, whilst Dummy Mag, NME and FACT have all had very nice things to say about the band. They’re almost spiritual, whilst bizarrely still sounding somewhere close to lounge music, or lift music, or the kind of stuff that you’d hear whilst you’re put on hold whilst customer service deals with your complaint. In fact, if this was music from a callcentre, it’d almost be worth dealing with their spiel just to grab a slice of these lucid progressions whilst your call was waiting to be dealt with.
Solar Bears – Neon Colony [download from the fader]