a talent for being unreasonable

by wojtek the bear

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oil & water 03:04
postcode 02:59
waves 04:16
effort 02:38
strong suit 03:36


"'a talent for being unreasonable', is both delicately pretty and staggeringly imposing, often within a single track." - Louder Than War

"This is delightful pop music to bring you out in general physical happiness." - Fresh on the Net

"this is a creative, ambitious and intriguing debut record, and one surely destined to propel the band towards a very bright musical future." - For The Rabbits

"a deft exercise in wistful melancholy and shimmering pop melodies." - Tenement TV

Scottish Fiction Records are proud to present 'a talent for being unreasonable' – the debut album from Glasgow indie pop four piece wojtek the bear.

Following on from the success of their maiden EP, wojtek the bear tucked themselves away to work with in-demand producer Chris McCrory (Catholic Action) to record 'a talent for being unreasonable' at Shady Lane Studios in late 2017. The album opens with the pointedly percussive 'oil & water'; a delicate introductory track. Second track, 'the navies of landlocked nations', metaphorically depicts close-to-home struggles against a gentle indie-pop backdrop. After the traditionalist tendencies of 'postcode' and the American Football-esque guitar/snare coupling of 'kindness doesn’t cost', the album crests at 'waves', a beautifully unassuming track. This kind of engaging simplicity is a skill normally found in bands far older then wojtek the bear, yet they deliver in spades.

The midriff of the album boasts the energetic injection of lead single 'made out of maps', before we are happily dragged back to the stripped-down 'call this a war'; perhaps the record’s purest form of simplicity. effort contrasts a slacker-pop surface with a lyrical performance which questions the laid-back vibes the music presents. As the album draws to a close the title track continues the light influences from modern slacker-pop, before finale 'strong suit', which features label mate Annie Booth, returns the listener, almost full circle, to the delicate, thoughtful beginning of the album.

'a talent for being unreasonable' will be released on limited edition blue vinyl and digitally on 25th May 2018 via Scottish Fiction Records.


released May 25, 2018

Recorded, mixed and engineered by Chris McCrory at Shady Lane Recording Studio.
Mastered by Sam Smith at Green Door Studio.

All music by wojtek the bear
Lyrics by Tam Killean
Vocals on 'Strong Suit' by Annie Booth
String on 'postcode', 'oil & water', and 'a talent for being unreasonable' by Becky Cheminais

Artwork by Kris Boyle
Cloud logo designed by Chris at Tall Giraffe Artworks
Design by Mark Hastings

Huge thank you to Neil, Emily, Chris, Annie, Becky & Sam.

Released via Scottish Fiction Records SF011


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