Wednesday, 25 November 2020

EP NEWS: Bear's Den - 'Christmas, Hopefully'

To be brutally honest... any Christmas music arriving in my inbox at the moment is, on the whole, going in the trash. (Sorry!) Except this. Favouritism is definitely at play here and I have absolutely no shame about it. My lovely faves Bear's Den have just shared new track Christmas, Hopefully - the title track of their upcoming EP, due on 1st December via Communion Records. They're no strangers to a festive release, 2016 single Berlin is one of their most streamed songs on Spotify (and the first live performance is my most viewed Youtube video... an equally exciting accolade for them). Last year they shared the Only Son of the Falling Snow EP and played a stunning charity gig in a church to celebrate the release. 

Alongside the beautiful title track, the new EP features Favourite Patient, a track written about Davie's fiancĂ©, a doctor who has, unsurprisingly, been affected dramatically by the events of the year (this also happens to be the first BD track that Davie has played piano on!) The final track is Berlin Pt II, a sequel to the original. Yesssss! More song sequels please!

On the release, Davie writes - "it's been an incredibly strange and difficult year for all of us. What Christmas stands for couldn't be more at odds with the idea of lockdown or a tier system and the idea of potentially not being able to share that time with friends and family. Christmas can also be quite a challenging and difficult time of year for a lot of people even when there isn't a pandemic going on. I wanted to talk about my thought processes and feelings around this time of year and some of the difficulties and anxieties that I have experienced in the past and this year. The central lyric is 'I hope you find some peace of mind, this Christmas, hopefully' - I think that line pretty much sums the song up. Hopefully we can all be together this Christmas but if not hopefully we can find some happiness and hope in spite of all the shitty challenges this year continues to present." 

As a last note - I loved Davie's interview for GIGWISE which went live yesterday here - read it!

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