Friday, January 18, 2008

Easy on the ear: This is Bear Country

I have been meaning to post about Bear Country since I was introduced to them by Matthew at the wonderful Song, by Toad.

I can't impart a great deal of information about them, as Google searches have proved pretty fruitless. I can tell you that they are based in Omaha, Nebraska. I also know that their first album, Our Roots Need Rain, was released on June 4th 2006. But all you really need to know is that those sumptuous pipes belong to Susan Sanchez. The sound? Shimmering, female-fronted Americana-pop. In terms of vocals, if you think Camera Obscura you'll be on the right track. This is happy music, replete with lush strings and handclaps (well, you know I am several senses of the word!).

I am in agreement with Matthew that Up Up Away and Coolie Trade are two very gorgeous songs...the best of the mere seven that I have heard to date, and so I am just going to post the same tracks.

mp3: Up Up Away (from Our Roots Need Rain)

mp3: Coolie Trade (from the upcoming album Coolie Trade...due out Spring 2008)
So now you can visit Bear Country without even having to worry about your comestibles!

Listen to Bear Country at MySpace (the song Red over there is also very comely).
For more great Americana, check out Dear August.


Grizzly Brears said...

Darn... I got all excited for a minute - thought this was about me!

Divinyl said...

Not specifically about you my friend...although I did think of you when I was looking for the 'Bear Country' sign image! In typing Bear Country into Google, the results I got were mostly about your neck of the woods, hence the lack of info about the bands themselves...they were pretty much nowhere to be seen!

Matthew said...

I just got the first album in the post yesterday. Excited!

Divinyl said...

Ooh, let me know what it's like as an album Matthew...I really love what I've heard by them so far! No progress on the guest post yet, but am going to try to get to it tomorrow (really big week outside of blogland for me here, so have been lagging behind a little!).