Bear, Man Dangerous – “Slow Violence”


Showing an enjoyable rock sound with a dark sense of nostalgia, “Slow Violence” is a new track from Seattle-based artist Bear, Man Dangerous. Guitar tones reminiscent of ’90s alternative align with a tonally apt vocal lead, parts nonchalance and emotive yearning. A murky wall of guitars past the two-minute mark evolves into a lusher acoustical display, as the vocals re-appear. Flourishes like these maintain a sense of variety, even as the track maintains a sturdy, consistent vein of alternative rock that succeeds.

Another track from Bear, Man Dangerous’ new EP, “Freedom Scientist” is another winner. Twinkling keys throughout lend a wintry feel amidst vocal samples and guitar-based undercurrents, rendering a feel fondly reminiscent of The Walkmen. Both these tracks show the artist’s commendable range and knack for melodies that flow with ingenuity.

Regarding the EP, the artist writes the following:

“These songs are my attempt to synthesize everything going on around me. What do I need to do to take action and do it well? How am I complicit within racist systems? How do you oppose without dehumanizing and surrendering your humanity? Empathy is an act of imagination and faith–how do you imagine more boldly?”

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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