Nov 5, 2009

14 Iced Bears. Let the Breeze Open Our Hearts.

Breeze is a compilation of their debut album and a number of singles that cover about a year and a half of the Bears' history, and as such, feels a bit more disjointed than the epic Wonder, or even the Slumberland collection of their early C-86 material. It's still essential since they released so little, and there is some unquestionably great stuff on here. It definitely sounds like a mid-period record, as they try to build their early sound into something more momentous. They're just beginning to explore the shoegaze and neo-psychedelic sounds that would find full flower on Wonder. Rise, World I Love, Falling Backwards, and Moths are all dreamy, woozy, giddy bursts of bright, sparkling, psychedelic pop. There's even a ripping live take on Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive.

Open Our Hearts

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