Bear's Den - 'Agape EP'
There’s nothing wrong with this EP, but it’s nothing to fall in love with either.
6 / 10
Kevin Jones of Bear’s Den co-founded the Communion label with Mumford man Ben Lovett, thereby contributing to the careers of Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka and Daughter. But Jones’ debut EP never manages to distinguish itself from his stablemates. ‘Agape’ is Greek for love, and the emotion’s many shades shape the record. The title track is a folky, banjo-led song mourning a weary couple’s lost love, but it sways too close to Mumford territory to feel fresh. ‘Isaac’ is a tale of self-sacrifice, but never captures the chilling intimacy it strives for. There’s nothing wrong with this EP, but it’s nothing to fall in love with either.
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