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Eliza And The Bear – Light It Up | EP Review

Eliza And The Bear have released their new EP Light It Up. Read here to see what we thought.

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Mixing euphoric hooks and off kilter energy , Eliza and the Bear have worked their way into the music scene, wowing fans with their honest music and original sound. Having supported the likes of Paramore and Twin Atlantic, and drawing in attention with their live performances, they have managed to build a fanatical fan-base and this Autumn the band take their exuberant live set on the road for a twenty-date headline UK tour, culminating with one of their biggest headline shows to date at Islington’s O2 Academy on October 16th.

‘Light It Up’ is the band’s most infectious offering yet, the elevating title track from the EP is guaranteed to set the radio airwaves ablaze this season, ladened with melodic charm and dazzling sing-a-long vocals. Frontman James Kellegher when talking of the track had said: “Light it up is about making a positive change to your way of life and when times get rough, doing something about it.’”

Furthermore, ‘Talk’ carries on through on the intrinsic beat; the hooks and beat combination play together incredibly well. A song that sings of needing to physically talk about your situations and emotions with someone. The technology and catchy chorus infuse together. The bridge is something to enhance the song, with the slight riff of rock guitar, a simple drum beat and an echo. The vocals carry the emotions alongside the soaring summer tone. All-in-all a complete success of a track in every aspect.

‘Let Us Be Young’ is a hugely relatable song for many of us. Whether it be down to wanderlust, fed up of the mundane, or feeling a little lonely. The repetition of ‘please let us be young‘ would be a great harmonious lyric for a live audience to share. Many of us desire to see the backs of our towns, but it takes a lot to leave comfort. If we feel young, we can feel brave, this track is an emblem for that torn between.

‘It Gets Cold (Acoustic)’ has already featured as Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 ‘Hottest Record In The World’, and on the soundtrack to the BBC’s Sochi Winter Olympics coverage so you may be familiar with ‘It Gets Cold’ already. However the EP features an acoustic version that has stripped away the upbeat melody, to a simplistic sound. But like many acoustics, does the job just right, to highlight the harsh sentimentality within the track. The piano melody is tranquil and beautiful with Kellegher’s vocals, becoming an astonishing end to a truly great EP from the band.

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