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1 review »Solar Bears is the work of Irish born John Kowalski and Rian Trench. These lads appear to be engineering genius's and must a soft spot for works of Mike Oldfield because the A-side of this record has pure MOR 70's analogue synthesis written all over it. Opener 'Trans Waterfall' kicks things of in a reliable and sturdy krautrock style before drifting into San Fran psych territory with flutes a ... »

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Inner Sunshine by Solar Bears
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9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 06 August 2010

Solar Bears is the work of Irish born John Kowalski and Rian Trench. These lads appear to be engineering genius's and must a soft spot for works of Mike Oldfield because the A-side of this record has pure MOR 70's analogue synthesis written all over it. Opener 'Trans Waterfall' kicks things of in a reliable and sturdy krautrock style before drifting into San Fran psych territory with flutes and acoustic guitars dominating the final section. This brings us to 'Photo Negative Living' that reminds me so much of Oldfield it's almost doing my head in. No bad thing mind, i like a bit of late night agoraphobic studio trickery and these guys don't disappoint on that front though they do ruin the moment with a weird bolt-on post-rock onslaught that doesn't really suit the overall mood. 'Inner Sunshine' completes and redeems the A-side with laid back organ and acoustic musings but the final original 'Kill On' takes us back into super serious post-rock territory and just doesn't sit that well with me. The remixes from Letherette ('Crystalline' is reworked with an LA funk flavour which sounds ace) and Lone ('Twin stars' is given a tasty cosmic space disco vibe and is the best of the tracks featured here) are totally ace and wrap things up nicely. So, a record that sounds like a 70's/80's producers wet dream with a few patchy moments letting the side down....i think that's a fair analysis. Transmission concluded.


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