Bear Mountain release 'XO' May 21st, on Last Gang

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By Greg

On May 16, 2013

Vancouver, BC’s Bear Mountain has been charming fans and critics alike with their stirring and soulful indie dance music. With a captivating collection of songs, the group is set to release their debut album, XO, worldwide on May 21st (via Last Gang). Check out the first single, Two Step, here. They will be taking the album on the road, hitting the summer festival circuit, and touring in the US and Canada as direct support for Bloc Party. Catch them in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and BC this summer (details listed below – more dates to be announced soon).

XO is a collection of songs that is unmistakably fresh and powerfully captivating. From lush synth sounds and chopped vocal samples, to tropical drum beats and house drenched kicks, the album manages to capture the feeling of the infinite and the impossible, all rolled into one. The group blends syncopated bass lines and arpeggiated synth chords with live instrumentation and soaring vocals to create a sound that is both deeply moving, and sweetly captivating. With old heartbreak on the mountain style vocals, they sing with powerful release and vulnerable honesty.

Bear Mountain began as the bedroom project of Ian Bevis. After releasing early demos and remixes online, Ian caught the ear of long-time friend and collaborator Kyle Statham. Together, the two friends brought the sounds to the stage by blending live instrumentation with dance style electronics. “A friend of ours best described our sound as ‘a hopeful utopian future’,” said Bevis. “While we do put a range of emotions in our music, it’s important that it always comes from the heart. We want the listener to feel that and to go to those places with us.”

Their sound has earned them spots opening for the likes of Fitz And The Tantrums, and showcases at SXSW, including a show at the Hype Hotel with Cold War Kids and Ra Ra Riot. 2013 will see the band hit the summer festival circuit with shows at Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball and many more.

Get ready to dance your way through summer with Bear Mountain!