"Bear" is the first single from American indie-rock band The Antlers' studio album Hospice. The song was released as a digital download in April 2009 to promote the self-released version of Hospice, then released in the United Kingdom on 7" vinyl on November 16, 2009. The the B-side of the single is a remix of "Bear" by Antlers' Darby Cicci. The song evolved out of the 2008 track "Sylvia (An Introduction)", which was released on the New York Hospitals EP, partially bearing the same tune but with different lyrics.
The whole piece has been described as a mesh of intriguing hooks. It starts with music box sounds and quiet lyrics that seem to be about being on a failing performance circuit then kicks up to a fast new wave garage sound A fast but somber mood describes the feeling out of place and alienated from within. Similar to Aztec Camera, early REM.
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