Another Bear Band: Himalayan Bear
Who? Himalayan Bear
What? Long orchestral songs with a voice like DM Stith or Department of Eagles
Sounds Like? DM Stith, Department of Eagles, Chris Garneau
I adore all the projects of Casey Mercer (Frog Eyes, Blackout Beach), but before you start running away because you can’t stand his dead grandma-voice: this is not a Casey Mercer project! No, it’s a project of Ryan Beattie who plays the guitar in Frog Eyes and is the lead man in a band called Chet. (Which i don’t know, but will check out in the near future, as in now, while I’m typing this.)
Anyway, Himalayan Bear is sort of this solo project of Ryan Beattie, together with someone from Godspeed!You Black emperor (yes, some guys have just everything). They make really nice, orchestral songs that mostly are longer than 5 minutes . Beattie’s voice reminds me a bit of new hype DM Stith, with this sort of swoon in the timbre (that’s just a hollow phrase of me not knowing how to describe a voice).
So, listen to the songs, then go to Self Righteous Records and buy the album. It’s really late night greatness.
P.S Chet sounds pretty good too, maybe a bit dramatic.