A real sense of drama is a thread that runs through Solar Bears music, ‘Supermigration’, their second album following 2010’s critically lauded ‘She Was Coloured In’ is full of all kinds of drama – from the intimate to the psychedelic, from the chase to the suppression. This time it’s been taken to a new level in all kinds of ways.
Supermigration is the result of a year and a half of on/off studio time in a state-of-the-art studio in the Wicklow Mountains (a far cry from the bedroom studio where they produced their debut). Compositions were road tested through a steady stream of live performances that saw John and Rían expanding Solar Bears from a duo into a full-scale band featuring members of I Am The Cosmos, Jape, Ships, Great Lakes Mystery and special custom visuals. And let’s not overlook the two vocal-led highlights of the album featuring special guest appearances from Sarah P of Keep Shelly In Athens and the legendary Beth Hirsch (whose work here recalls her appearance on Air’s Moon Safari). Supermigration is clearly telling us that despite the strong acclaim around their debut, this Ireland-based duo was simply warming up.
Drawing on Bangalter-inflected house but giving it a rumble and wing, Letherette make infectious, beat-driven music which is as fun and un-self-conscious as it is clever and technically cutting edge. From the exuberant cut-up boogie of “Warstones”, through moments of ethereal beauty on the four-to-the-floor stomper “Ettewards”, on into delicate, poised “Surface”, (featuring vocals from Jed + Lucia) and finally the spaced hip hop of “Wecko”, the childhood friends use the Featurette EP to show their range and diversity as well as their technical nous.
u:mack Present: Solar Bears ‘Supermigration‘ Album Release Party Letherette 7:30pm, Friday April 26th The Button Factory Admission is €10