Monday, 31 August 2009
Bagheera are an unsigned band from the University of Liverpool, quickly garnering a reputation and some well-deserved momentum following their first gig in May and the recent release of their free four-track, the Hollow Home EP. They already have a Steve Lamacq BBC6 single of the week and a Guardian new music feature under their belts, as well as flattering comparisons to Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear.
The music is dark and choral, with electro-acoustic melodies shuffled underneath almost totally inaudible vocals. The frequencies are low and post-punkish, and the whole feel of the music has a kind of transcendental, semi-ambient edge to it. The guitars are turned low but are very much awake, the structure and heavy reverbial sound of Bagheera's raw and tribal music is like nothing else. Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes comparisons are totally justified - you'll see for yourself.
Parts sound as if The Dodos formed an ambient post-punk band and covered Incubus - others as if Fleet Foxes are singing Fever Ray songs. Some sections could easily be hollowed out Animal Collective B-sides.
You can download the Hollow Home EP in obscenely high quality here, via mediafire.