Article by KevW
We've been covering Eliza and the Bear since their debut single back in 2012, and it's always interesting to see how bands develop and progress. Some only hang around for a while, but others seem intent to stay the distance, and this is one group who've always given the impression that they wouldn't be a flash in the pan. Back then they sounded like the finished product, not a work in progress, and each passing release has reaffirmed this. New single 'Lion's Heart' (out on Monday) is more expertly-crafted indie/pop perfection.
Flooded with melody and sparkling with piano and guitar, 'Lion's Heart' is uplifting, optimistic and grandiose. The antithesis of lo-fi indiepop, Eliza and the Bear don't scrimp on the production; this is designed to sound as good as possible, and while too much gloss can be sickly, certain songs command nothing less than perfection. So with the blast of some horns and the sweep of strings, 'Lion's Heart' is a full-blown aural experience with hidden depths as well as being an instant hit. Proud and big without being overblown and pompous, Eliza and the Bear have just gone from strength to strength.
Eliza and the Bear's website
Catch them live:
Reading Festival Fri 28 August
Leeds Festival Sat 29 August
Manchester Club Academy Thu 01 October
Glasgow Stereo Fri 02 October
Newcastle Think Tank Sat 03 October
Leeds Brudenell Social Club Mon 05 October
Bristol Fleece Thu 06 October
London Koko Wed 07 October
Birmingham O2 Academy 2 Fri 09 October
Brighton The Haunt Sat 10 October
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