Brooklyn's Lucinda Black Bear is a new project led by Christian Gibbs. They play carefully written folk rock with stunning sonic arrangements.
Lucinda Blackbear's debut CD, Capo My Heart and Other Bear Songs, is a melancholy collection of songs that are expressive and moving. With Kristin Mueller on drums, Chad Hammer on cello, and Clare Burson on violin, they paint lonely, deserted images with dark minor chords and complex melodies. The stings and acoustic instruments blend well with distorted electric guitar and subtle feedback.
On the title track, slow guitar and piano play along with Gibbs' dreamy vocals: "if I could build a tree up to the stars / I'd lay there forever". The last track, "Hibernation Song (Blue it Got You)", is an instrumental piece that features dissonant, droning strings.
Christian Gibbs has also played in a number of other notable bands including Foetus, the Morning Glories, and the '80s pop group Modern English.