If you want music that resonates joy and fun, meet FriendlierBear. The name sounds exactly like the music – warm, fuzzy and friendly.
The man behind FriendlierBear is Philip Alexander Payne, a local of Philadelphia who is trying to put into music the colors he dreamed of. Coming from his background in science and classical music, he presents a gorgeously layered project that can only be made possible by someone who knows what elements mesh together beautifully or if they don’t, how to make them come together in a way that makes sense.
Title track Arise, Jack Russell is reminiscent of Kishi Bashi, another one-man band that delves in psychedelic pop-electronic genre. It is an uplifting electronica song that has a lot of tapping, keyboards and stuff that dreams are made of. It is like a ball of potential energy just waiting to explode once unleashed. Payne’s penchance for the playful is evident in this track as it has a certain childlike quality to it in terms of sounding more free and unrestricted.
Listen to the soundtrack of the world that Payne has built through his rose-colored lens. His music’s dreamlike quality is captivating, surreal and promising. FriendlierBear is definitely an artist who has a vision and knows how to put it out there.
1. Oh, Great Gorecky
2. Arise, Jack Russell
3. It Is Not Silent
5. Room and Borders