Songs from the life of bears

by noemienours

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Save the bears, wherever they are.
Please read the lyrics, if you do not hear them properly.

Physical copies are distributed in the following countries as follows:

*UK: - Stashed goods: www.store.fluid-radio.co.uk/2016/11/noemienours-songs-from-the-life-of-bears-7-vinyl/

*Japan: Communication disorder (also tapes): commdisor.c2ec.com

*Germany: - a-Musik: www.facebook.com/a.musik.official/?fref=ts

*Sweden: - Monument: www.facebook.com/MonumentHQ/?fref=ts

*France: Hands and arms: www.facebook.com/Hands-and-arms-104227836308378/?fref=ts

*Spain: Krimskramz: www.facebook.com/krimskramzstuff/?fref=ts

*Australia: Ruined smile: www.facebook.com/ruinedsmilerecords/?fref=ts

"The threat" is also available on the "Edge for autism compilation", helping people with autism in the San Diego county (California): optimistpessimistrecords.bandcamp.com/album/edge-for-autism

"The sound not the word" wrote the following review about the EP
thesoundnottheword.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/noeminenours-songs-from-the-life-of-bears/ :

"Songs From The Life Of Bears is very different to most of what is reviewed on this site, but it’s such a beautifully sad record that it’s worthy of covering. Comprised of four slow bedroom recordings, the music of noemienours is reminiscent of an ultra low-fi version of Grouper, with gently sung/spoken lyrics over sparse guitar or piano. The EP is so achingly tender and fragile that it can’t help but be charming in the best possible way, and is perfectly suited for late nights and loneliness. It’s probably the most deceptively beautiful record based on animal rights and bears that you’re likely to hear.


Opener ‘The Life Of Bears’ sets the scene, with tape hiss covering the sparse piano and gentle vocals in a way that only adds to their fragility and tenderness. The tape hiss fills in a lot of the gaps and pauses in the spaces left by the piano and vocals, to the extent that it almost functions as an instrument in itself, rather than simply being a side effect of the low-fi production.

Despite containing only four songs that are all built upon similar structures, there’s enough variety within them to hold attention. The guitar-led ‘The Winter-Life Of Bears’ has less space than the other tracks, though it still paints a musical picture that matches the title and lyrics, and it comes across as if inspired as much by Joni Mitchell tracks such as ‘Little Green‘ as it does more contemporary ambient, low-fi experimental pop artists like Grouper. ‘The Threat’ is perhaps the saddest of the four tracks on offer, being the slowest and with the lyrics coming through most clearly, though closer ‘The Disappearance Of Homes’ could also put in a strong claim for that honour, with the vocals being slightly hidden beneath the piano, giving them an extra air of sorrow and separation. That it fades out, rather than comes to a close, feels rather fitting.

What the above doesn’t express is how easy it is to lose yourself in this album. Listened to in the proper environment – at night, alone, on headphones – it’s easy to find hours slipping by as these four songs cycle by on repeat. The hold that Songs From The Life Of Bears can have on the listener is impressive, absorbing you in to an other-worldly place, removed from wherever you currently are to somewhere more open, surrounded by nature. This is perfect for winding down with at the end of a day, whilst also having substance beyond simply being a lovely collection of songs."

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released May 9, 2016

All songs written, played, recorded, and mixed by xnoemienoursx.
Artwork by xnoemienoursx.

Mastered by Jack Shirley at Atomic garden.

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Track Name: The life of bears
Haven't moved much in years,
you just kept forgetting about me,
living my life,
living the life of bears,
sleeping so much,
away from you.
And I was happy with that,
that I would never have to face again,
the danger of human beings.
You never quite understood
the difference between
being dead or alive,
being blind or alone.
The life of bears just never mattered to you.
Track Name: The Winter-life of bears
Winter time
is always
a sadder time
when time's spent
sleeping
and no one's around anymore
but the sky
and the birds
and the night...

Sleeping time
is always
a harder time
when life
remains
a memory
of something shared
and not shared
But it's only in my sleep
and it's only in your sleep
that we can reach
some understanding
of what we live together...
Track Name: The threat
Since when have you seen me as a threat
When I was playing in the snow?
I never had a thought about what you would think
when I was playing in the snow.
Track Name: The disappearance of homes
Life is made of meanderings
Exploring forests and mountains,
hiding in caves, swimming in lakes.

So long ago, I became stranger
to these homies,
trying to find my way through life,
trying to find my own way.

I have been discovering new territories,
exploring the unknown,
while everything else was based
on things well known.

And my hidden den has always been more
understood as meant to be known,
to be well known.