Bear’s Den have announced plans to release Only Son of the Falling Snow on 6th December. The three-song EP captures the beauty and complexity of winter, a season marked by short days and long nights that elicits – and in some cases, magnifies – a tangle of emotions.
Andrew Davie of Bear’s Den explains: “We wanted to make an EP that felt intimate, nostalgic and felt united by the theme of Winter. It was a chance between albums for us to work on and explore something more musically sparse and lyrically reflective, working with our longtime friend, collaborator, and producer Ian Grimble. The EP is a collection of songs united by a sense of what Winter means to us. In all its beauty, sadness, stillness and its ability to transform and bring things back to life.”
The title track is available today in digital format.
“It’s a very nostalgic and reflective song”, continues Davie. “It imagines someone looking back on their own life and walking into their old house, reliving some pivotal moments of their life and re-engaging with who they are as a person and where they’re at now. I read Winter, the novel by Ali Smith, and it really inspired me to want to write songs specifically about Winter. I think it’s an incredibly inspiring time of year and it was a really fun and collaborative process for Kev and I to work on these songs, flesh them out, and bring them to life: embracing piano ideas and more acoustic elements whilst still exploring electronic textures behind the more reflective lyrics and sparse arrangements. We’re very proud to share this song with you.”
The ‘Only Son of the Falling Snow’ EP, which also includes the songs ‘The Star of Bethnal Green’ and ‘Longhope’, follows the release of the band’s acclaimed 2019 album ‘So that you might hear me’. The album, which debuted at #13 in the U.K., was recorded in Seattle with producer Phil Ek (The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty) and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Metronomy). Critics have embraced the band’s evolving sound. Billboard praised the album’s “deeply emotional feel”, while The Line of Best Fit extolled its “risky but rewarding composition”.
In September, Bear’s Den launched the second season of their original podcast series also entitled ‘So that you might hear me’, featuring in-depth interviews with Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones. The series is hosted by Los Angeles-based podcaster and former Bear’s Den tour manager Danny Carissimi, who calls it “a deep dive into their life on tour”. Listen here: http://bearsden.lnk.to/thepodcast
Over the course of the band’s career, they have sold almost 500,000 records and more than 120,000 tickets across Europe, including sold-out shows at London’s Roundhouse, Brixton Academy, and Hammersmith Apollo. This summer they supported Neil Young on a run of stadium shows in Germany. The London-based band will embark on the next leg of their UK and European tour in early November. Full upcoming listings as follows.
2020 UK Tour Dates:
Feb 19 – Cambridge, Junction
Feb 20 – London, Eventim Apollo
Apr 05 – London, Eventim Apollo
For more information, international dates or to book visit www.bearsdenmusic.co.uk.