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Carved From Tides

by Message To Bears

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Shadowblaze Nice balance between electronic and acoustic tunes. Favorite track: They Ran.
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Aleksey I really love Message to Bears !!! And for me, every Jerome song written is a favorite!
I express my deep gratitude and my deep bow!
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9 Something calm for your mind...
Caleb Bratcher
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Caleb Bratcher A great example of chilled ambient electronica. I'm always a fan of music that combines acoustic and electronic elements in a well-thought-out way, and this doesn't disappoint. Soothing vocals and beautiful instrumentation. Favorite track: Hold On.
Eden Kupermintz
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Eden Kupermintz Electronic music to cry and smile to at the same time. Like a Friday afternoon with breeze through your hair solidified into an album, it will transport you to a quieter, richer, fuller place. Recommended if you like your music intelligent, texture laden and heavy like silk. Favorite track: Hold On.
Jay Williams
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Jay Williams I've been waiting for this album for months, and it did not disappoint. Simply put on headphones, press play, and enter a whole new world. Favorite track: I'll Lead You There (feat. Will Samson).
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Never Be 06:24
Blossom 03:52
Breathe 03:11
They Ran 04:28
Hold On 04:34


'On Message To Bears’ fourth LP Carved From Tides Jerome Alexander throws all caution to the wind and delivers an experience emotive enough to tug at every fibre in a heartstring. Released on 1 July, Carved From Tides sees Jerome eschew the arbitrary boundaries that have been erected between synthetic music and music made on more traditional instruments. Lead single ‘I’ll Lead You There’ is exemplary. Starting with a gloomy acoustic arpeggio that wouldn’t be out of place in the hands of Elliott Smith or Nick Drake, its folky textures are soon penetrated by a thudding beat over which collaborator Will Samson lends his tender reverberating vocals. The heart-wrenching mood of the arrangement lends it a depth of feeling that characterises the whole LP.'

'Jerome’s love of ambient music is highlighted in the opener ‘Never Be’. It’s a cinematic start to the album, replete with sweeping synths and strings. The muffled piano lends some rhythmic shape to its openness. It ends tempestuously, with thunderous bass raging against the dying synths as it refuses to go gently into the night.'

Of his mentality when creating Carved From Tides Jerome says:
"The album is supposed to reflect a transitional period in one's life, referencing change in circumstances, decisions, relationships with others and evolution as an individual, whether subtle or not, which thereby influences where you are now, and realising wherever you are now is ok, and that you are in a constant state of flux. When writing it, I was going through what felt like a very transitional period myself, and I guess this was my way of processing it."

'Composed, recorded and produced between both his home and studio in North-East London over the past year, Carved From Tides is Jerome’s most sophisticated work yet. The title refers to the capacity of something fluid and transitional to be able to affect and mould what appears to be solid and stable over time. It is through the fluidness of Jerome’s approach - in not pigeonholing instruments with expectations of what sort of music they should make - that Jerome achieves just this. The fluidity of music itself is the tide that he carves his masterwork from. And the success he achieves here is solid indeed.'


released July 1, 2016

Composed, performed, produced and mixed by Jerome Alexander.
Viola performed by Tim Gill on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 and 9.
Vocals performed by Gemma Alexander on tracks 3 and 4.
Vocals performed by Will Samson on track 7.
Trombone performed by Justin Lee Radford on tracks 5 and 9.
Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering.
Artwork and design by Harry Cooke.


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Message To Bears Bristol, UK

Message To Bears is the musical alias of English composer and multi-instrumentalist Jerome Alexander.

Alexander creates beautiful soundscapes by interweaving acoustic guitar, piano, electronics, ethereal samples, strings and hushed vocals.

For all enquiries contact - messagetobears@live.com
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