I loved the song “Sophie” that Bear’s Den released 3 years ago- it was dark, folky and Andrew Davie’s vocals were somber and beautiful. However, I didn’t pursue the band further at that point. Something hadn’t connected with me beyond that song. So when I saw that they released “Red Earth & Pouring Rain” earlier this year, I decided to give it a cursory listen and see if it would hold the same magic that I had heard in “Sophie”.
I’m so glad I gave this album a chance. It’s a little more stylized, and the entire album plays out in a way that’s more cohesive to me. An album that I’ve kept returning to over and over, and one that to me seems like a great night driving album. My absolute standouts are the title track, “Greenwoods Bethlehem” and “Gabriel”, but I really do think that each song stands out on its own.
You can listen to “Red Earth & Pouring Rain” on Spotify, or by purchasing it on iTunes. Listen to the stunning Still Room version of “Sophie” below, along with “Dew On The Vine” from “Red Earth & Pouring Rain” below.