Departures

by Message To Bears

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Owen W
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Owen W This album found me at the beginning of 2020, and has been a respite for me this whole year. The instrumental folk here is nearly ambient in its unobtrusiveness, and yet it is a quiet, cozy comfort. At my times when I have so little energy to give to the music I listen to, this album welcomes me into its arms with a blanket and warm mug of hot cocoa. Favorite track: Hope.
Cara D
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Cara D Gorgeous emotional instrumentation drives this album and makes the experience of listening to it incredibly calming and thoughtful. Favorite track: Pretend To Forget.
Krombopulos Michael
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Krombopulos Michael I find it comfortably disturbing, reminds me of my solitude in a consoling fashion
Nyssa
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Nyssa The lively instrumentation, while still making the listener anticipate more... that's what keeps me thirsting for this album. I've enjoyed it while at work, working out, and when just watching nature. It speaks to the depths of my soul. Favorite track: Hidden Beneath.
Wind in the Willows
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Wind in the Willows calming and uplifting at the same time. Favorite track: Running Through Woodland.
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    Originally released in 2009 on CD in an edition of 500. Packaged in a stickered and hand numbered white arigato pak, wrapped in hand stamped brown kraft paper and tied with string. Each copy came with a full colour insert and an individual vintage photograph.

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Autumn 04:26
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November 03:48
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Snowdonia 03:59
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Lost Birds 01:28

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"Full length CD album from Jerome aka Message to Bears, Oxfords premiere ambient folker. Here he brings us 10 tracks of his gorgeous acoustic guitar driven melancholy, beginning with the the aptly titled “Running Through Woodland”, the track sets a menacing pace with layers of guitars and cellos. “Hidden Beneath” is driven by a stomping pulse and delightful percussion. Plenty of glock action and viola sweeps, uplifting choral vocals and delicate piano lines, this is Jerome at his finest yet, showcasing a brilliant melodic ability, combining classical instrumentation into a folk/pop structure taking cues from bands such as Explosions in the Sky. This is an album that will leave you speechless every time you listen as you uncover new hidden details, textures and melodies. I couldn’t be prouder to release this." - Dead Pilot Records

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released July 6, 2009

Composed and performed by Jerome Alexander at Message To Bears' studio in Bristol. Viola on track 2 performed by Tim Gill. Vocals on track 8 performed by Gemma Alexander. Artwork by Zoe Powell.

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Message To Bears London, 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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