Hailing from Wicklow and Dublin, Rian Trench and John Kowalski met at Pulse Sound Engineering school and were quick to sign to Planet Mu records; sharing a stable with Sunken Foal, Tim Exile, Decal and Ikonika, it’s a fitting home for the duo.
Their music is a mix of wandering electro-acoustic compositions; an infusion of digital and analogue programming, synthesisers, samples and live instrumentations with a vintage sheen. Death in Vegas and Bibio are cited among their influences and both are evident; the former for the layered song structures, the latter for the textured warmth, subtleties and graininess.
Solar Bears will release the Inner Sunshine EP in August which includes -Kill On’, a cosmic electronica-piece that seamlessly breaks into a noisy live dirge with apparent effortlessness, as well the tinkering old-skool Leatherette remix of -Crystaline’.
In the meantime Solar Bears are putting together a live show, including extra guitarists, percussion and graphic projections and their debut LP, She Was Coloured In, is set for release in September – the most exciting chapter of Irish music for 2010 has yet to come.