van den Bear – “Icelandic Sweater”


Belgian act van den Bear describes the project as “the story of a man that sometimes felt like a bear and then sung about it.” Beyond that, there’s not much out there about van den Bear, though what’s certain is that his new track “Icelandic Sweater” is a winner. Suave, lush vocals accompany chirpy guitar twangs that evolve into a more jangly, distorted exterior. The vocals maintain a hypnotic sense of nonchalance throughout, as the guitar-pop-driven model evolves with precision, with a female vocal presence adding an interesting layer around the two-minute mark. A song of a relationship eroding, “Icelandic Sweater” is a good one from van den Bear, who has more tracks available on the project’s Soundcloud.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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