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Quiet Bears

"We Are All Legend" EP

Sanitary Records

Genre: Americana folk pop, lo-fi

August 2007

This is the third release from Quiet Bears and I'm beginning to think I've missed out. Recorded in the isolation afforded by Iowa's winter months, this laidback lo-fi folk/ambient affair makes for perfect night-at-home material. Songwriter Johnnie Cluney creates rich songs of domestic Americana that recall the starlight melodies of Modest Mouse's soft tracks. Spacey interludes and refrains pad the gaps between We Are All Legend's four main songs. The weary title-track is the best song on this record, with its springy, distant guitar part and haunting yet warm melody. Imagine a cowboy with a guitar below a swirling, purple night sky. "One Hundred Flashlights," meanwhile, reminds me of the self-titled Flying Canyon record, as does rolling "Like Wolves". Finally, "Keep It Secret" closes the disc off in a trodden, restful state. (Too) short and sweet, We Are All Legend is a superb EP that anyone will enjoy.

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Fun Fact: Quiet Bears' hometown, Davenport, Iowa, is home to the world's first chiropractic school in the world. It was founded in 1897 and is known in the chiropractic world as "The Fountainhead" due to its tremendous influence. (Wikipedia)

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2007]