Album: Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In
Ireland has long been rich in musical talent, what it has lacked is diversity. Having produced singer-songwriters on mass for years, we’ve recently seen a surge in successful post-rock/math-rock outfits. Making a name as a breeding ground for electronic artists however, has proved difficult for the Emerald Isle, until now. Solar Bears’ She was Coloured In adds its name to the list of brilliant Irish electronic albums of 2010, alongside the works of Nouveaunoise and Shit Robot to name just two.
The Leinster based duo Solar Bears may not be a household name in Ireland yet, but they have certainly popped up the blogosphere radar, gaining international acclaim helped by their affiliation with English label Planet Mu. Another factor is the undeniably contemporary nature of their sound, even their eighties style synths have a modern glitchy feel. While She Was Coloured In adheres to what’s currently ‘hot’ in the indie community you get the feeling this is more by accident than design.
At no point throughout the 15 tracks does the music feel forced. It flows seamlessly, at its own pace and with no agenda in mind other than its own. Diversity of influence is abundantly apparent, by the fourth tracks we’ve encountered the minimal loops of Four Tet, the groovy funk of Daft Punk, the haunting percussion of Lorn and the patient probing bass of Mogwai, all served on a bed of wavy atmospheric synths. This album is a collection of tracks crying out for use in films, they carry the necessary impact without demanding all the attention.