PO­LAR BEAR

Same as You

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - The Leaf La­bel COR­MAC LARKIN

It’s just over 10 years since drum­mer Seb Rochford and his genre-de­fy­ing Po­lar Bear emerged and proved it’s pos­si­ble to find an au­di­ence for “dif­fi­cult” ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic be­yond the jazz ghetto. In the in­ter­ven­ing decade, genre de­fi­ance has be­come the norm, but Po­lar Bear are still a unique propo­si­tion.

Same As You is ac­ces­si­ble and warm, mix­ing dub­step and hip-hop beats with a free jazz aes­thetic and gen­er­ous help­ings of old-fash­ioned peace and love. Elec­tronic artist Leaf­cut­ter John and US pro­ducer Ken Bar­ri­en­tos ex­pertly chan­nel Rochford’s hyp­notic grooves. Sax­o­phon­ists Pete Ware­ham and Mark Lock­heart es­chew py­rotech­nics in favour of plan­gent wail­ing, giv­ing the al­bum a shamanic aura that will, once again, en­dear Po­lar Bear to an open-minded au­di­ence. the­leafla­bel.com

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