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.
Other tracks on the record, like “Dissolve the Walls,” let the band enjoy its time in a beautiful limbo of leaving Earth and entering space, using a sort of quiet noise and dissonance to the song’s advantage. It lets the listener in on this journey.
Perhaps that’s the whole point of “Time Is Over One Day Old”: to know that it’s time to create a journey of your own, be it physical, spiritual or mental. There is a message here of elevation and flight, or perhaps an elevated way of thinking. Philpot floats, arms spread, over this entire record as a sort of guide for the journey that you may not even know you need to take. The beautiful part is that it’s a risk, and a risk worth taking.
For fans of: Stone Roses, The Horrors, Spiritualized, School of Seven Bells, Blouse