This maybe terrible but whenever I hear of a new band from Ireland a few scary stereotypes come into my head; U2 (not another one please) & Sinead O’Connor. Fortunately Solar Bears don’t sound anything like either of the above. To be honest it’s difficult to quite describe this lot, sort of lo-fi meets hi-fi, languid, chilled out but peculiar electronica. The album, She Was Coloured In, was released earlier this year and deserves a listen, preferably whilst doing something involving no strenuous effort of mind or body.
I won’t go into further detail on the album as better writers than me have already regurgitated far more clever cliches than I can muster at this time on a Monday night. However, I will say; I like Solar Bears. Not just because I love the name (regular readers will know I’m a sucker for a killer band name) but because these guys are trying their own thing, the NME described them as ‘uncool’, which is a bit harsh (what do they know anyway) but there is something unusually captivating about these chaps. Keep up the good work fuzzy Irish friends.