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Album Review: Bear in Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old' (Dead Oceans)

Album Review: Bear in Heaven, ‘Time Is Over One Day Old’ (Dead Oceans)
By Kellen Mcgugan, For The Oklahoman Published: August 15, 2014
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Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven is still finding a way to let its unique electro-psychedelia brand of pop explore new areas of itself on “Time Is Over One Day Old.”

Singer Jon Philpot, who has been the band’s leader in an ever-changing think tank of artists since the project’s inception, is finding himself more composed and driven with purpose than with the band’s last and truly underrated record, 2012’s “I Love You, It’s Cool.” Where that record reveled in the joy of emotion found or love triumphant, this release finds Philpot settling into his songwriting groove and tying up sonic loose ends here and there. The new album gives off a futuristic, trippy sensation, like a record removed from a time capsule 3,000 years in the future.

The album’s single “Time Between,” with grinding synth and pounding percussion putting out a feeling of purposeful funk, is complemented by Philpot’s airy, translucent vocal melody that’s akin to acts like Stone Roses.

“They Dream,” another standout, finds the band rocketing off into galaxies unknown. The mystery of the unknown drives everything about this song, with Philpot again lending his vocal stylings perfectly.

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