Bear’s Den have released the second preview track from their forthcoming ‘First Loves‘ EP (out June 23rd through Communion Records), the beautiful “Summer & Smoke“. Inspired by the Tennessee Williams play of the same name, this humbled new outing projects more of ‘First Loves’ theme of tragic love.
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“The girl who said ‘no’ – she doesn’t exist anymore, she died last summer – suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her.” – Tennessee Williams
“Summer & Smoke” follows on from the previously unveiled lead track ‘Evelyn‘, which was premiered on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show and is accompanied by a beautiful Mahogany Session, shot at Zermatt festival in the Swiss Alps (watch below).
Principal songwriter Andrew Davie explains, “‘Summer & Smoke’ is inspired by the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. The play centres on a young love that cannot quite work out. Two people who fundamentally are drawn to each other but due to timing and their opposing, shifting worldviews cannot be together. I was really inspired after seeing the play and the unresolved tension of the story brought up a lot of feelings around desertion and loneliness that I could relate to from early relationships in my life.”
“Some of my early memories of love feel wrapped up in other feelings of shame or guilt. This song to me is about falling in love, trusting and confiding in someone only for them to disappear just when you think you’ve found them. A metaphor underpins the song of sharing that intimacy over a cigarette, trusting someone enough to fall asleep in their arms but then the loneliness of waking up alone to a house that’s on fire.”
Bear’s Den will release their new EP ‘First Loves’ on June 23rd via Communion Records. See the full tracklisting below.
‘First Loves’ Tracklist:
2. Helen Of Hammersmith Bridge
3. Summer & Smoke
4. Teach Me Ava
‘First Loves‘ EP follows on from the duo’s fourth studio album ‘Blue Hours‘, which was released in May 2022. The album went on to peak at number 6 in the UK Album Charts, making it their second top ten record and features the track “All That You Are” which appeared in the most recent episode of Ted Lasso (Ep 309 clip HERE) which aired last week
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