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Record review: Lew Bear ‘Love Light Dark And Death’

LEW BEAR Love Light Dark and Death [self-released] If there’s one thing that’s important to Daventry-based singer-songwriter Lew Bear, it’s returning to nature as often as he can. So much…

LEW BEAR
Love Light Dark and Death [self-released]

If there’s one thing that’s important to Daventry-based singer-songwriter Lew Bear, it’s returning to nature as often as he can. So much so, in fact, that several of his previous albums have been recorded in fields, or by streams. But now, with fifth album Love Light Dark And Death, he has decided that it’s time to return back to the studio.

Opening track ‘Devil You Know’ introduces the mood of the whole album with bouncing, crisp guitar strumming, while Lew Bear’s warm vocals are not too different to the cosy blanket you wrapped yourself in as a kid.

‘Going Home’ captures summer in a song, with lyrics such as “I won’t be there alone/in my mind/when I’m going home” bringing imagery of sunny days spent with your closest friends, whilst ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ hits upon a darker target. With acoustic guitars that sound foreboding and ominous, the song is eerily reminiscent of ’40s blues.

Songs like ‘The Wanderer’ and ‘Follow The River’ showcase Lew Bear’s jazz-styled vocals in a lower key, making him sound gloomy and encompassing. The guitar riffs also follow suit with simplistic strumming that boosts the singer’s voice to an even more powerful level. ‘Oh Death’, on the other hand, is deep and haunting, with echoing gongs punctuating the first hand story, from death’s point of view, of what happens to us when we reach the end.

‘Return To The Sea’ and ‘The End Is Never Near’ are album’s highlights, with their slow, calming melodies and soft vocals. ‘Return To The Sea’ is, musically, the perfect mixture of acoustic guitar and poetic lyrics, whilst ‘The End Is Never Near’ documents a love story to last for the ages.

Overall, Love Light Dark And Death is an album that couples folk music with a modern twist, resulting in a clear-cut sound that is neither dated nor out of place within the genre. Lew Bear has talent by the bucket load and he isn’t afraid to use it. This record is unique and warm, with a folk-blues sound that fits perfectly for those sunny Sunday afternoons spent in the countryside with the people you love.

Lucy Wenham

Love Light Dark and Death is out now for streaming, download or on CD

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 16th – May 22nd 2018

THE STANLEYS + MYSTERY SUPPORT Wednesday May 16th The Lab, Northampton New wave Australian power-pop funsters are on their ‘Everybody Dance Tour’ and return to Northampton. Mystery support who cannot…

THE STANLEYS + MYSTERY SUPPORT
Wednesday May 16th
The Lab, Northampton
New wave Australian power-pop funsters are on their ‘Everybody Dance Tour’ and return to Northampton. Mystery support who cannot be named, apparently. An intriguing and fun night – guaranteed. Doors 6pm, free entry

THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH + THEE TELEPATHS + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + BETH MUNROE
Friday May 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Berlin’s The Underground Youth make moody, often raw, ’80s-style post-punk infused with a darkly psychedelic vibe. Since 2009 they have released a handful of well-received independent albums, including 2017’s eighth full-length album, What Kind of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?. An in-demand live act, this might actually take the breath away. Kettering psychonauts are the main support, plus two ShoeTown fiercely distinctive independent acts open. Doors 7.30pm, £7.50 tickets

THE BARRATTS + SKIRT + INLIMBO
Friday May 18th
The Yards, Kettering
Northampton’s popular skinny indie types are back in the foreground in 2018, and play a headline Kettering show to preview upcoming single ‘Satellites’, with Corby’s Skirt in support and new local indie rockers opening proceedings. 9pm start, free entry

BILLY LOCKETT + COUSIN AVI
Saturday May 19th
The Royal, Northampton
Relocated-to-London Northampton singer-songwriter Billy Lockett makes music that is deeply poignant, personal and wise beyond its years. And the public can’t get enough it seems. His homecoming show at the Royal will be a special night indeed, especially with Cousin Avi on first. Doors 7pm, £17 tickets

THE BIG DIRTY + SKYFLOOD + MANAKING
Saturday May 19th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Rock’n’roll gentlemen from Northampton continue the comeback with a trip eastwards in the county, joined by Corby post-rockers Skyflood and performance artist Manaking. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

CONSTRUCT + FROM ONCE WE CAME + SLEEPWALKER + STEREO SKULL
Saturday May 19th
The Lab, Northampton
Metalcore night. Construct are a five-piece bundle of riffs from Stoke, From Once We Came are from London,  Sleepwalker combine speed, groove and ambience, whilst Stereo Skull are simply absolute local legends. Doors 7pm, £5 on entry (£3 members)

PHANTOM + FRASS + FLEISCH + DUCHESS
Saturday May 19th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Metal 2 The Masses 2018 Heat Three: five-piece metal from Kettering, three-piece rock from the South East, industrial metal from Oxfordshire, and an opening set from rockers from San Diego(!) Doors 7pm, £5 on door

GRACE + THE TOUCH + UNDER THE RADAR + GOGO LOCO + ACOUSTIC ACTS
Saturday May 19th
Hart Family Brewers, Wellingborough
Celebrating the 6th Birthday of Wellingborough’s own brewery. Doors 11am, music finishes around 7pm, free entry

WE ARE GIANTS + ENDERCAST + FALSE IDOL
Saturday May 19th
The Dun Cow, Daventry
It is rare we get to plug an event in Daventry! ShoeTown’s heavy hitting trio headline, with Leamington Spa alt-rock quartet and MK rockers the finely chosen support. Doors 7pm, free entry

REMINISCENCE + CHRIS STANLEY + GEORGE BARNES + EARBONES
Saturday May 19th
Kino Lounge, Kettering
Raising funds in awareness of Johnny’s Happy Place. Doors 6.45pm, bucket donations

YOUNG AFFAIRS + TOM WALLINGTON
Tuesday May 22nd
Kino Lounge, Kettering
Acoustic event, raising money for Leeds College of Music who are partnering with the charity ‘Mind’ to support musical education for mental health recovery. Doors 7pm, cost TBA

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