Portland’s Bear & Moose are set to release their third studio album, Obstacle, due out September September 15.
Since the release of the group’s 2013 sophomore album Inside The Eyewall, the duo led by singer and guitarist Eric Mueller added a third member Stephen Moore on bass. This shift in dynamics allowed Mueller to dial back his use of noisier psych effects that were more present on the band’s first two albums, and shift focus in his songwriting to heavier grooves and hooks.
The result on Obstacle is more of a slacker/garage rock sound inspired by post punk artists of the late 70’s like The Modern Lovers and Television, and seasoned with influences of krautrock. Engineered by Justin Higgins at his studio Old Standard Sound, the 14 straight-to-the-point tracks with an average run time of 2 minutes per song were all recorded live on a vintage 4-track Teak tape machine that was handed down by Mueller’s father.
In advance of Obstacle‘s release, Noise & Color PDX is pleased to premiere the album’s lead single “New Years Eve,” a playful tune about partying and self-reflection. Listen above or below, and stay tuned for Bear & Moose’s full release next month.