Seabear is one of those bands that sort of flew under the radar for me for a long time. A friend told me about them last year, I bought the album and then it sat there for awhile, collecting digital dust. But when I perused that 2007 record — The Ghost That Carried Us Away — I was surprised, quite pleasantly, by the music I unearthed.
The band’s second album, We Built A Fire, will be a gem as well, if the first singles are any indication. With “Lion Face Boy,” we have a plucked-guitar and kickdrum-infused journey guided softly through the melody with the gentle vocals of Sindri Mar Sigfusson (that name is missing the accent symbols, the band is from Reykjavic, Iceland). I thoroughly enjoy the trumpet/piano breakdown that concludes the song, as well as everything that comes before it.
According to the band’s Wikipedia page, they have been described as “Sufjan Stevens meets an unplugged Arcade Fire” by Clash Magazine. If that doesn’t make you want to check this band out, I don’t know what will.
“Lion Face Boy” By Seabear (From We Built A Fire, due out in March on A Number of Small Things)
A cool video for “I Sing, I Swim,” from The Ghost That Carried Us Away.
A fantastic, intimate live performance of “Arms,” my favorite song from The Ghost That Carried Us Away.