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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Upcoming Bear in heaven july 11

UPCOMING! Bear In Heaven at Il Motore  |  Thursday July 11th


The Brooklyn-based three piece, Bear In Heaven will hit the stage in just over a week from today at local frequency hotspot, Il Motore. According to a biography at last.fm, the band incorporates the influences psychedelic music, electronica, and Kroatrock to their compositions and performances. The latter term caught my attention. 

A Polish friend of mine residing in Ottawa, who has opened me up to an abundance of new music from various geographical locations and of derivative influences, recent introduced me to the term of Krautrock.

Kroatrock arose in 1960's Germany as retort to the psychedelic pop songs movement in the U.S. and the rise of Brit-Pop. This style replaced the blues and rock and roll roots of the common genres with synthetic innovation, progressive jams, often experimented with contemporary classical music. The term "Kroatrock" once derivatively sour, eventually picked up popularity in underground music circuits.

Here's what Progarchives.com, a progressive music website, has to say about Kroatrock.

"The Krautrock movement is widely associated with notorious bands such as Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Faust, Neu!, Ash Ra Tempel, Agitation Free, Guru Guru, etc. With their own particular artistic expression, these musical collectives provided rocking psychedelic incantations, mantra like drones, melancholic lugubrious atmospheres, long and convoluted collective improvisations, binary repetitive drum pulses, fuzz guitars, feedback, primitive electronic noises, hallucinatory ballads, and garage blues rock trips. Krautrock can be described as an anarchic, intense, acid, tellurian, nocturnal, spacey, dark and oniric "adventure" through rock music" 

The German musical innovation eventually contributed to the evolution to many present-days genres including electronic and ambient music, as well as giving rise to post-punk, alternative rock and New Age music.

Clearly some of that Kroat spirit has crossed the pond. Let's take a look at what New York's Bear In Heaven has got in store.

Bear In Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers



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