Solar Bears’ debut release – 2010’s She Was Coloured In – was a stylish, artistic piece of work that evoked images of distant realms and cosmic notions, bringing the listener on a colourful, sensual journey. Thus, the return of this Dublin/Wicklow based duo is an exciting proposition and buoyed by the beautiful vocals of Keep Shelly In Athens’ Sarah P, their new single ‘Alpha People’ doesn’t disappoint. The track debuted on Pithchfork last week, with Eoghan from TPOE analysing the potential impact the site can have on the success and spread of ones music.
It’s initially strange to hear such a dominant focus on vocals in a Solar Bears’ track but it soon feels second nature. Solar Bears’ have oft spoken about their ties to film (their name is taken from Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky) and the trend continues here. In fact, as that opening keyboard riff rolls into the opening verse it evokes visions of a rogue female in a futuristic city a la Blade Runner…or is that just me? Either way, it’s a truly fantastic track and one that demands continued listens. Despite this, you also get the feeling that Solar Bears’ true talent shines best in a collective piece of work, namely their second album which will hopefully be upon us sometime soon.