British folk-rock duo Bear’s Den are back. We chatted to Andrew Davie about their upcoming album Blue Hours, being honest about the difficult times, and teaming up with animator Mawrgan Shaw to bring their lyrics to life.
It’s not our first time speaking with Bear’s Den. The long-standing CALM supporters, hosted a CALM Christmas Carol back in 2019, donating ticket sales to help us be there, no matter what. Andrew is keen to tell us about his and Kevin Jones’ fourth studio album.
This time around, it’s less about banjo-fuelled bangers and more about wistful wurlitzer pianos and surreal soundscapes. Blue Hours is a piece on self-reflection, with songs on tackling tricky thoughts in the small hours, and the support found in friends and family. Andrew says:
“Kev stayed in a hotel in Morocco called The Blue Hours and told me I had to visit. It was a really nice hotel, but I also thought it was a cool name for an album. I liked the idea that at night when I was finding things difficult, that I was checking into a hotel called Blue Hours. So we got together to work out how musically we could create that headspace.”