I’ve just been informed that there is no Eliza. There is no bear. In fact, Eliza and the Bear is actually the title of a collection of poems by Eleanor Rees. People do find inspiration in unexpected places.
So is the case with the London based quintet. Their most recent single “It Gets Cold” is instantly likable, with an animated sound reminiscent of bands such as Arcade Fire, The Lumineers and The Head and the Heart. The song is formulated for success, laden with jubilant drums, spirited strings, chord-happy keys and an always-welcome trumpet. Do I even need to talk about the vocals from James Kellegher, Callie Noakes and Martin Dukelow? Sexy accents aside, the pipes on these gentlemen are impressive. Their harmonies are right on point. Even the breaks in their singing are climactic.
I think what I’m saying is that Eliza and the Bear sound good even when they aren’t doing anything. They have that je ne sais quoi that would make me put all my chips in to see them live. Good news – they have a concert December 5th. Bad news – it’s in London. So until they come stateside, we’ll keep streaming “It Gets Cold” below.
STREAM: Eliza and the Bear – “It Gets Cold”