Bear's Den

Blue Hours

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"Dinked Edition" is on 'crystal clear' coloured vinyl. Includes an exclusive art print. Hand-numbered /750. For avoidance of doubt, the centre is a standard spindle size, and not dinked.

Indies exclusive LP is on 'white' coloured vinyl.

The highly anticipated fourth full length album from the excellent alternative folk-rock duo Bear's Den. Following on from their 2020 collaborative re-imaginings album 'Fragments'.

Blue Hours is a kind of imaginary space you get into at night, a place where you process difficult things or where you try to figure everything out.”

Themes on the album include both self-reflection and mental health after both struggled with the latter in recent years. “It’s the main over-arching theme with this record,” Davie explains. The group, who have worked with mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) previously added: “It probably speaks to our struggles and hopefully many other people’s too. Men are not very good at talking. We’re not really taught how to – men have no idea how to talk about this stuff, certainly to each other.”

The pair describe the conceptual blue hours headspace that gives the new album its title as being “somewhere between a hotel, a mental health hospital, a bar that stays open later than anywhere else, a paradise, a dream, a nightmare and an endless sea of corridors and staircases leading you to rooms that represent memories – good, bad, happy or difficult.”

Despite the album’s challenging themes, it’s an album drenched in hope too.  “We wanted this to be a celebration of music,” Jones continues. “I think that informed some of the bolder decision making on this record. At a time when music was so distant, it felt important to make an album that sounded hopeful, celebratory, ambitious and beautiful in spite of the heavy subject matter in some of the songs.” Jones adds: “It was almost like we needed to shout louder than before because we felt that there were more barriers between the audience and us. We needed something to transcend that.

Bear's Den in Kingston - photo by Jez Pennington

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Item code: COMM481
Label: Communion
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