Bear2 and How He Places “You” in the Seat of a Terrible Tragedy
This week sees the newest release from Bear2 (Alexandre Berthoud) titled “You,” and is a song about a terrible car accident that almost took an abundance of life with it. It comes to terms with such accident, and how it related to and affected the current relationships in Berthoud’s day to day. This track follows previous Bear2 releases such as 2022’s “California,” a song about those who go to California to pursue their dreams just to ultimately lose themselves, and 2021’s “Holy,” a track that has been reviewed in depth on Glasse Factory here.
“You” will subvert your expectations in all ways of the definition, and this happens immediately at the beginning of the track. Audiences will be greeted with the everyday sound of entering and turning on your vehicle, the slight jingle of the keys sliding into the ignition, and the engine of the car activating. The car starts moving, with the buzz of its radio and the calm swoosh of other cars passing by, everything is suddenly brought to a halt by loud horns, crashing metal and the sound of your own fastened heartbeat. Here, “You” tells a story in only sound, one that is incredibly clear in delivery and perhaps even relatable to some.
The song continues, shifting to its musical section with a dramatically played piano and a duet singing of the devastating thoughts of what-if scenarios. What if the accident was fatal, and you were responsible for stripping away the lives of those you held so dear? The gorgeously sung lyrics, backed by a folk tune, are incredibly heartfelt, as they revisit the overwhelming guilt of what had transpired on that day. Your mind changes forever, as still having a beating heartbeat becomes a luxury, and nothing can be done to repair the mental damage of coming so close to death. “You” captured all of this and more, and deserves your listening ears.
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