Deer Bear

Deer Bear

BandFolkPop

In this miniature melancholic universe, things circle and revolve around a male/female duo setup. Haunting and tormenting lyrics accompanied by a smooth and fragile instrumentation. Dynamic and repetitive at the same time. Innocent yet dangerously aware.

Biography

Complementarity is perhaps what best describes and defines DEER BEAR. The Ying and Yang parallel is obvious with the members being a seemingly odd couple: The female part is held by Anne Hjort, with a background rooted in the electro-popish. Her male counterpart is Lars Bjørn-Hansen who normally fronts the critically acclaimed death metal band Koldborn, but there’s no death metal in this musical setting, no insisting aggression, no screaming.

Our sound and songwriting, with its introspective and winding down of time character, stand in an appealing
contrast to modernity, and one may sense a search for a more traditional insight and organic output.
The style might be labeled as melancholic pop-folk, and while the sound is warm and comforting, the subject
matter is far from it. While listening to the acoustic western guitar, the smooth balanced keys and strings,
one starts to notice the words of the effortless male and female voices, and the soundscape, reminiscent of an
idyllic gentle green lush forest, turns into one of bleak winter-wrapped woods.

The EP, Darker Growth, (2013) is yet another melancholic journey. But the steps have become firmer and the head is held higher.

In this miniature melancholic universe, things circle and revolve around a male/female duo setup, but gifted musicians continually contribute to expand this universe also.

The song Demons is a heavy song and a personal tale of a haunted mind and a haunted home.

Darker Growth explores how days can be so different. Does the day already live in me when I wake, or is it given to me everyday anew? And also about how to live a life, that contains both white light and darker growth.

Brainwaves reflects on how brainwaves, like ordinary waves, can rise from a quake or a trauma, build and build and loom over the mind, threatening to come crashing down. It’s about how we’re slaves to the will of the waves. But maybe we can act as wave breakers to each other? Let crest cancel out trough. Let trough cancel out crest.

Ghost Within is a sort of exploration of the Schopenhauerian concept of Will. About how we’re striving, wanting and searching endlessly but will remain unsatisfied. The EP’s been recorded on tape in order to get that nerve and heartbeat-sound you’ll feel as much as hear.

Together these four songs sum up very well what Deer Bear is all about, namely to capture that perfect, beautiful, gloomy melancholy. Through tones. Through words. Mercy

Anne & Lars // Deer Bear

Lyrics

Sunrise

Written By: Deer Bear

Sunrise

I left her at the dawn of day
Her eyes misty with tears and morning light
Ever since then when the sun comes up
Pain calls my name by the sight.

I turn my face from that grievous star
Before me lies the only road I know
So I follow my shadow to nowhere
Away from the sunrise

He left me at the dawn of day
His eyes misty with tears and morning light
Ever since then when the sun comes up
Pain calls my name by the sight

I turn my face from that grievous star
Before me lies the only road I know
So I follow my shadow to nowhere
Away from the sunrise

This place
Oh this place
where even the majestic sun
and her sorrowful daughter
have their names written in water X2

I turn my face from that grievous star
Before me lies the only road I know
So I follow my shadow to nowhere
Away from the sunrise

Birth & Death are Sisters

Written By: Deer Bear

Birth & Death are sisters

The hardest part is to know
that you’ll will always be
completely alone, locked up inside yourself.
Another thing is to understand
that it is true for your loved ones too.
Birth and Death are sisters, I think
and life is when they are holding hands
And they live and they play in me
And they weep and they die with me

You hold my hand but we’re so far
Hidden away in some cerebral cell
Where the space between the stars
are even greater than
the one in the black, black sky.

Birth and Death are sisters, I think
and life is when they are holding hands
And they live and they play in me
And they weep and they die with me

But Mother Nothing calls her Daughters back home.
and Father Silence takes his children home
The doubble helix in me
A coiling snake
A staircase of time
The history of mine

And they live and they play in me
And they weep and they die with me

But Mother Nothing calls her Daughters back home.
Father Silence takes his children home
But Mother Nothing calls her Daughters back home.
Father Silence takes his children home

The Other Side

Written By: Deer Bear

The other side

Don’t let me bear the cross
one more mile
Have I paid the ferryman well?
To get safe across
I hope there’ll be solitude there
Thus no more loss
I wish for no hope there
Thus no more to wish for
At the other side
At the other side
I fear my ship will sink
on the middle-sea
Bow broken, sails ripped
How can I get across
To the other side
To the other side
And on the middle-plane
here walks a ghost
With an earth bleeding underneath
and a heaven falling above
To the other side
To the other side
To the other side
To the other side

Brainwaves

Written By: Deer Bear

Brainwaves

My brainwaves are destructive
Slowly rolling in and out
chipping away my sandy mind
Eventually something will shake me utterly

a bigger quake will rip through me
and a huge wave will form
It will rise and rise
looming like a dark omen over my mind

Will you be there?
Please be near
I’m going down
The Will of the wave
Rising grave
I’m just a slave

And finally It’ll crash down
Flood over what is left of me
And so I’ll be a deep dreamless Delta
like I’ve always wanted to be

Will you be there?
Please be near
I’m going down
The Will of the wave
Rising grave
I’m just a slave

Demons

Written By: Deer Bear

Demons
Our house was enormous and it’d swallowed us up
When the sun was shinning outside it was cold inside
I felt small in the big house, I felt we’d run out of luck
The doors were closed tight so that we choked on our pride
I would search for a room to feel some warmth in
her cries fell like snow in every room
I would search for a room to make a noise in
his silence made our house silent as a tomb

Tears ran our cheeks and guilt and shame was thick in the air
I was a small child then and I thought I was dying with him
Grew a still face so that the mirror wouldn’t show despair
I felt alone and wanted to be close to him
Demons in your head they ate us up
and our big house was so still
Its windows like eyes all closed tight
Its door like a mouth all shut and dark
His pain was enormous and it tore us apart
he could no longer contain it inside
as if resurrected, same face, different heart
I was terrified and thought that hed’d finally died
The door was now all open and it was singing a song
It was loud and clear and for everyone to hear
But all turned their backs as if nothing was wrong
They left us inside that house to dissapear
Tears ran our cheeks and guilt and shame was thick in the air
I was a small child then and I thought I was dying with him
Grew a still face so that the mirror wouldn’t show despair
I felt alone and wanted to be close to him
Demons in your head they ate us up
and our big house was so still
Its windows like eyes all closed tight
Its door like a mouth all shut and dark

Discography

EP (S/T) - self released, summer 2010.
EP (The Other side) - Screaming Records, fall 2011
CD (House Behind the Eyes) DB Records/Playground Music, spring 2012
EP (Darker Growth) DB Records, Spring 2013.