Seabear: Arc­tic warmth

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

You may know the seabear from SpongeBob SquarePants, but there’s an­other Seabear at large. Three years af­ter their break­through, Ice­landic band Seabear are ready to get back in the wa­ter once again. Their new al­bum is called We Built A Fire and noth­ing is go­ing to stop them now.

Back in 2007, The Ghost That Car­ried Us Away in­tro­duced the in­die masses to Seabear’s lush folk and front­man Sin­dri Mar Sigfús­son’s su­perb song­writ­ing.

Sigfús­son is the one who put this band to­gether, ini­tially see­ing Seabear as a solo joint be­fore de­cid­ing to re­cruit other mem­bers for the ride.

Since be­com­ing a band, Seabear’s frag­ile, grace­ful slips of songs and del­i­cate acous­tic in­die-pop have plucked heart­strings, at­tracted com­par­isons to Suf­jan Stevens, El­liott Smith and Ar­cade Fire, and given the band a leg-up be­yond Ice­land. Seabear have also rein­tro­duced many to Berlin’s Morr Mu­sic la­bel, which has been over­see­ing the band’s re­leases.

In be­tween watch­ing the band’s star soar, Sigfús­son also re­leased Clan­gour last year, a much ad­mired solo al­bum un­der the Sin Fang Bous alias.

For Sigfús­son, there is a very clear dif­fer­ence be­tween his two bodies of work. “The songs on the Sin Fang Bous al­bum were cre­ated in the stu­dio. I hadn’t writ­ten any­thing be­fore­hand. It was all very spon­ta­neous, whereas with Seabear it was a much longer col­lec­tive process.

“We’ve been work­ing for two years on this. We prac­tised a lot and played some of the songs in front of a live au­di­ence. Then we just went into var­i­ous Ice­landic stu­dios and recorded it.”

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