I remember back in February when Bearcat was still raising money to record her debut EP. In such a competitive market, with new music constantly vying for your attention, stating that the task of actually raising that money may be difficult is a vast understatement. However when I heard that Bearcat had raised over 4,500 dollars and come out with her debut, self-titled, 5 track EP, I couldn’t have been happier. There’s nothing like watching a band slowly (or not so slowly in Bearcat’s case) blossom.
Vocalist Renee Yohe’s voice brings a welcome strength, backed by electronic melodies and uplifting tones which can best be described as hopeful, realistic, and all-together aware of the notion that while innocence may not last forever, for now, for this moment, it’s exactly enough.
“The Nothing” is a personal favorite, evoking inspiration and comfort in the wake of fear, pain, and uncertainty which surely paints every listener’s world at some point. Each track brings something new the table, something slightly different and unique. Where “Saudade” and “I Am Me” triumph in orchestrated chants and powerful anthems, “Crazy Fishies” has the album beginning in the same moving styles of the EP’s last track, “Wood And Tree” which brings you home with an inspirational high, an overall feeling of promising listeners the world if only they are brave enough to reach out.
You can pre-order the album, which drops June 5th here!