:: In love with this album!
From the very first Bear’s Den song I heard, I’ve been heavily in love with the music of the London indie-folk trio. After two brilliant EP’s last year, Andrew Davie, Joey Haynes and Kev Jones are now about to release their highly anticipated full-length debut. Islands won’t be out before next Monday, but you can listen to it in full by now.
Islands drops officially in the UK/Europe on October 20, 2014 via Communion Records. North America sees release on October 21. The album will be released as download, CD and Double 10″ Gatefold Heavyweight vinyl (incl. download code). You can buy digitally from iTunes or pre-order your physical copy of Islands from the Bear’s Den Store (only vinyl as CD pre-order already is sold out) or Amazon.
The album is now streaming in its entirety over at The New York Times. Take a full listen now, I’ve had Islands on repeat all day and I’ve totally fallen for it. The set of ten tracks was recorded with long-term producer Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers) at Crouch End’s Church Studios in London.
Above The Clouds Of Pompeii is the new single from Islands. It comes with a beautiful official directed by Nick Goulden and produced by Greatcoat Films, watch it above.
The song is a new version of the older Bear’s Den track Pompeii that was featured on their very first EP Cardigan which had been exclusively available as CD at their shows. Together with Bad Blood, it was re-recorded and both new versions made it on Islands. Additionally, the two new recordings and the original versions of the songs are compiled on the EP Above The Clouds Of Pompeii. Released on 10″ vinyl a few days ago (October 13) via Communion, you can buy the EP from Bear’s Den Store. Purchase includes digital download of the four tracks.
Bear’s Den are currently finishing their European tour and will head over the pond to tour North America next week. Check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the breathtakingly beautiful song Sahara, previously featured on last year’s Without/Within EP and now also on Islands.
02. The Love You Stole
03. Above The Clouds of Pompeii
05. Think Of England
07. When You Break
08. Stubborn Beast
10. Bad Blood
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 16 Oct 2014 // London, UK // The Tabernacle
Sat 25 Oct 2014 // Philadelphia, US // Underground Arts
Mon 27 Oct 2014 // Columbus, US // The Basement
Tue 28 Oct 2014 // Chicago, US // Lincoln Hall
Wed 29 Oct 2014 // Minneapolis, US // Fine Line Music Cafe
Fri 31 Oct 2014 // Denver, US // Lost Lake Lounge
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
More ‘Bear’s Den’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jul 01 − New Single: Elysium [Official Video] (2014/07/21)
2013, Oct 28 − New EP: Without/Within (2013/10/28) / New Song ‘Sophie’
2013, Oct 04 − Debut EP: Agape (2013/03/18) [Full Stream]