Golden Bear

To the Farthest Star (C-Side)

SXSW Reviews

Golden Bear

To the Farthest Star (C-Side)

When the Royal Forest Horns raise their trumpets and release their fanfare, Golden Bear's second album in less than a year explodes in jubilation. The Austin quintet doesn't force elation; it comes with the territory: a bright, clear beam from the fragile vox of lead Bear Chris Gregory and local guest Pink Nasty. Like a precious gem, To the Farthest Star revels in its imperfections. The discordant and battling layers lend the album a lovely candor, although a bit more sporadic than GB's eponymous debut. Opening with Polyphonic Spree/Flaming Lips amalgam "Galaxy Queen," GB continues down a path of exaltation with "The Gospel Truth" and the euphonious, string-laden title track. Gregory's storytelling – uncontrived and innocent – saves us all with "Stars and Women," a pleading message to Mary. The troupe might have jumped the gun slightly with this Erik Wofford-mastered journal, but it's just a hint of the band's triumphant live shows. (Thursday, March 15, Habana Calle 6 Annex, 12mid)

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