Acclaimed U.K.-based band Bear’s Den and renowned composer/arranger Paul Frith (The xx, Radiohead) release their new album Fragments today; listen to the record HERE. Additionally, the video for their reimagined track “Auld Wives” debuts today; watch/share the video HERE. The video features scenes from the sold-out premiere of Fragments at London’s EartH in September, 2018.

In conjunction with the release, Bear’s Den and Frith are debuting a three-part podcast mini-series entitled “Fragments – In Conversation” with Emmy Award winning composer and pianist Michael Price (The Lord of the Rings, Children of Men, “Sherlock,” “Dracula,” “Unforgotten”). The pod-cast provides listeners with a deep dive into the making of the record, the arrangements, rehearsals, shows and lots more. “The re-imagining of such wonderful songs has produced a project of real integrity and powerful beauty. Paul’s mastery of the classical instrumentation is put completely at the service of the storytelling, and illuminates Bear’s Den’s songs spectacularly from within. When you return to the original studio versions, you hear the songs with new insight, which only reminds you how timeless Kev and Davie’s work is,” notes Price. Listen/watch episode one HERE.

Fragments stems from a specially commissioned show at the end of 2018 that sold out so quickly the band added two additional dates. The Fragments live shows saw Frith rework and orchestrate a number of songs from Bear’s Den’s catalog with a string ensemble and classical pianist, adding extra flourishes to some originals while completely pulling apart and reimagining certain tracks, as well as debuting four instrumental compositions. The shows took place at London’s EartH, Ham-burg’s Elbphilharmonie and Utrecht’s Tivoli Vredenburg. Given the success of those sold-out shows, the band then rerecorded these arrangements at RAK studios in late 2019 with a handpicked group of some of London’s finest string musicians.

“We’re so excited to be able to share Fragments with the world. It’s our first collaborative album we’ve made with another artist and we feel honored to have been able to work with the brilliant composer Paul Frith. The idea behind the album was for Paul to take the reins with some of our songs from across all three of our albums and to pull them apart and reimagine the songs from fragments of ideas within the original songs. The hope was that Paul’s new versions could breathe new life into these songs and shed new light on them. We couldn't be more excited for you to hear it,” says Bear’s Den vocalist Andrew Davie.

Frith furthers, “Fragments is an incredibly special album for me. It was born out of friendship, and is partly a retrospective on a band I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years, partly an acknowledgement of how we have changed since those tracks originally came out, and finally I think there is also a sense of looking forward in light of that change. I truly hope that everyone finds old things and new to love in these Bear’s Den tracks.”

Along with his work with The xx and Radiohead, Frith’s credits to date include soundtrack com-position for BBC’s Horizon 2017 documentary Antarctica: Ice Station Rescue as well as the film The Forgotten. His debut symphony Shackleton was recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orches-tra. Frith orchestrated the strings for The xx on their Mercury-nominated 2017 album I See You, has written a collaboration between Ex:Re and the London Contemporary Voices, and has worked on all three of Bear’s Den’s albums: Islands, Red Earth & Pouring Rain and So that you might hear me.

The London-based band played music in various incarnations before officially forming in 2012. Their 2014 debut album, Islands, earned them an Ivor Novello nomination—the U.K.’s most prestigious songwriting accolade—alongside notable acts Ben Howard and Hozier, while their 2016 album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain, reached #6 on the U.K. album chart. Last year, the band released their third studio album, So that you might hear me, to critical praise both stateside and abroad. The band has sold 500,000 records over the course of their career and after four years of nonstop touring has sold over 150,000 tickets worldwide including global festival appearances at Bonnaroo and Glastonbury.

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1. Fuel on the Fire
2. Auld Wives
3. Can't You Hear It In The Silence?
4. Crow
5. As The Clouds Began To Part
6. Isaac
7. Fireworks Flashing
8. When You Break
9. Broken Parable
10. Breaker / Keeper
11. Lightning Trying To Put Out A Spark
12. Napoleon