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The Dears

Music / Indie, Rock / Montreal, Canada

Since their debut album “End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story” from 2000, the Dears have had to endure people calling them the best Canadian indie band ever many, many times. But what even is “indie”, many might ask. And rightly so, because even for Murray Lightburn and his wife Natalia Yanchak, who are the two most constant members of the band, the term indie might obviously be interpreted in a never-ending number of ways and might musically branch off in just as many: chamber pop, post rock, baroque and alternative, non-commercial or catchy are just a couple of outlines that could be used to roughly map out the constant variety in The Dears’ evolution. On some albums they may sound like they’re out to fill whole stadiums, on others they give the impression that this very aspiration is completely meaningless to them, that they’re in fact concerned with their artistic vision and its biographic character. Their latest album “Lovers Rock” (2020) sees the band in an introspective mood yet again, and, referencing their folk and soul influences, shows The Dears as a project that is constantly rediscovering itself without sacrificing any of its recognisability.

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