Photo by Nick Fancher
Rising Ohio indie-rock experts Spirit of the Bear has further expanded into cosmic, synth-rock sonic territory with their latest single and music video “Opaque.” In the video, the band finds themselves acting, running, painting, gaming, and literally fighting in a mini-epic that showcases the band members kinship. SPOILER ALERT: The stress of creating genre-mashing hits causes the band to break up. Is it for good? Will Spirit of the Bear reunite to release their 3rd full-length album? You’ll have to watch the video to find out!
“Opaque” begins with a tender Animal Collective/Beach Boys-esque a capella choral, the harmony, and structure came to singer/guitarist James Harker in the shower after musing on Tyler, The Creator’s Igor. The pretty a capella intro is soon backed by a synth-laden, Beach House reminiscent indie rock backing track. “Am I making sense? Am I making sound?” Harker inquires in a hypnotic croon that wouldn’t be too unfamiliar in a Still Woozy song. The Midwestern Quintet’s last single “Summer Snow” was their most successful release to date as the song found a spot on Spotify’s “Fresh Finds: Indie” playlist and has racked up over the 30,000 streams on Spotify alone.
And while “Summer Snow” was a disco-influenced pop banger, “Opaque” is more introspective and showcases the band’s vulnerabilities. “Opaque” will be released everywhere on September 4th.