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May 8, 2012

Fresh Track: Bear Driver “Enemy”

by @thoughtontracks

Is it just me, or does the mood of an song and the time of its release matter incredibly to whether it takes or not?  Take for instance an album like Atlas Sound’s recent Parallax.  If Brandon Cox releases that album now, well quite frankly, I don’t think I could listen to it more than once.  It’s 80 degrees, sunny, and humid here in Cincinnati.  Listening to a dark, bleak album like that as I sweat in my apartment doesn’t really seem ideal.  But in late fall, early winter?  Sure, and that’s probably why I like it so much.  Another great example is Dirty Gold’s “California Sunrise” from this past year.  It’s a great song, and made for a sunny day, but I don’t think I listened to it after Labor Day.  The piece didn’t fit the puzzle that is my life anymore after that.

I say this all because of a fab pop song that has recently caught my ear by London five-piece Bear Driver.  “Enemy” is the lead single off the group’s debut self-titled debut album due out June 11th.  Full of a whistling chorus and some catchy hooks, there is no doubt about this song’s genre.  Labeling their sound as “sunshine slacker pop”, I’m not exactly sure how this California vibe has made it’s way to the English Channel, but it surely fits the bill of the moment.  While the rest of their catalog screams more along the lines of early Broken Social Scene/Built to Spill, who doesn’t love a catchy pop song?  Something has to be the encore right?

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Written by Greg Dahman

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