Bear Ceuse Album Artwork

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I knew I was going to like Cameron Matthews right away because his band’s name – Bear Ceuse – was completely improbable. I met with him and guitarist Adam Home in NYC to hear some tracks, and instantly loved the hard-hitting, smart fuzz-pop sound of his demos and ended up doing the artwork for the album. So I thought I would share the final work and the first two releases.

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ENTERTAIN ME

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DIXIE BROTHERS

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From an artistic standpoint, I love that everything about this band is a contradiction. First off, their name is a play on the term “berceuse,” a classical lullaby. And while their songs have a heathy dose of sweet, soothing pop melodies, they definitely bring the bear to it.

Cameron told me that the album name, Don Domestique, is about being the man of the house, and owning that responsibility. So aesthetically, I wanted to capture something solitary that was at once familiar and menacing. We joked about avoiding something silly – “no honey bears?” I asked. Cameron thought about it for a second and then replied, “well, if it was a particularly bad-ass honeybear, that could be cool.” I came up with the idea to draw a simple icon of a house, and then fill every crevice of it with a grizzly bear you can just make out. We played with what the bear may be holding – a broken guitar? a beehive? – and ultimately decided that since the main theme of Don Domestique was solitude, he is holding the door, removing the only way in – or out.

The full album will be released July 8th via Medical Records.

I’d love to hear what you think about the artwork, and of course the music.

Recorded at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, N.Y. | Engineered and mixed by Patrick Crecelius | Produced by Patrick Crecelius and Bear Ceuse | Mastered by Paul Gold at SALT | Written by CT Matthews | © Bear Ceuse 2012
Medical Records

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5 Comments

  1. catie
    May 1, 2013

    at first i thought the bear was clutching a love letter.
    the front door is even better – no way in, no way out.
    i love how the bear claws are the first shapes you make out.
    digging the music.

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  2. Evan
    May 2, 2013

    Hi Catie –

    Definitely. I’m happy with the choice as well, an it was Cameron’s favorite. Although I was also partial to the guitar with a broken headstock sticking out as a chimney. :)

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  4. Tabitha
    May 5, 2013

    Love the interpretation. The longer you linger over it, the simplicity fades to take your mind through the different layers of the ‘story’. It’s not fussy, Not too deep, but thinkable.

    The music is a little heavy for my taste, however I can hear and appreciate the talent.

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