Bear Mountain / Child World Double EP
Here’s a dumb question: If you have two EPs worth of music, why not just release a full album? I have no idea—this cool post punk collection filled with eerie riffs and mysterious female vocals just dropped in.
As I listen to the ten tracks on Bear Mountain / Child World, I notice they all seem to follow a similar model. There’s an ethereal female vocalist. There’s a pulsing electronic rhythm. There are occasional sounds that might be theremins but might also be a computer replica. Heartbeat-rate throbbing fills in the back corners.
The title track almost feels pop, but with a few more beats per minute than it needs. Vocals sound clear yet enigmatic. We are on “Bear Mountain” but see no wildlife. We rejoice yet feel disappointed. But there’s a bear on the artwork. More tracks: “He Was Dying” slows us down to a mournful funerary sound, the acoustic energy feels pale and wan, and the vocalist disappears for long periods. This track is a sad and depressing. We eventually find closure in “We Need a Room.” Here a litany of sadness fills the air, and I’m not sure what to tell the singer: “It will get better?” I’m not sure at all. “This, too shall pass”? No, honestly this won’t. “How about: “Lets go back to track one and start again?” That’s all I got.
Weird, cool and strange. What more can you desire from a double EP?