Jerome Alexander AKA Message To Bears presents his fourth LP, a soothing collection of ambient/post-rock-ish pieces which serve as an appropriate backdrop for the following activities: 1) stargazing 2) rainy-day relaxation 3) driving through majestic countryside 4) my personal favourite: crying into a pillow. Carved From Tides is a finely crafted web of acoustic guitar licks, sweet soundscapes, gentle beats and ghostly vocals. Released as Vinyl LP and CD.
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Soothe me, Jerome, soothe me.
After 2016 I think we need some every things ok electronica and Jerome Alexander (aka Message To Bears) has a history of making vaguely uplifting music that could even convince you that despite Trump etc we still have trees and sky to look at (for the moment) and everything is ok. Yes every thing is ok.
It’s the kind of slow-budging triumphant post rock-ish electronica that will appeal to fans of Sigur Ros. The production is tidy and clean with lots of emotional synths and tracks tend to start slowly before erupting into mountains of sound. Comparisons could be drawn to the Album Leaf in terms of the clicks and cuts and sad boy synths but this is much more about reaching fist pumping climaxes from small beginnings. Kind of like climbing a mountain. Sometimes I wish these songs would get there quicker, there’s a frustration in pleasant-on-the-ear things such as ‘Breath’ that despite the ear warming blend of sound they aren’t really going anywhere and it’s a slow moving listen. The songs are highly polished and tweaked and only lack M83 style pop fanfare by remaining under the surface, vocal lines are sparse and often consist of repeated phrases with seemingly no end goal.
Still, it’s very pretty and by gum we need something nice to help us through this terrible year.
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