Long Beard 'Means To Me'
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Means To Me is the second full-length under Leslie Bear's moniker, Long Beard, and her first since 2015's Sleepwalker. Throughout the record, Leslie explores what constitutes a home-how it extends beyond the physicality of a roof over your head to the comfort of another person. A sense of self, stability or security. Reflections on the past are evident in tracks like album single ''Sweetheart'', in which Bear considers a past love, where they are now, and her life in relation to theirs.
Bear's sophomore album shows a growth and maturation in sound from her debut. Co-produced with Craig Hendrix (Japanese Breakfast), the record occupies a dreamlike space that weaves between shoegazetinged guitars and upbeat, jangly pop. The perfect amalgamation between Bear's ambient-textured loops met with the pristine production and pop stylings of Hendrix's playing can be heard in album standout ''Snow Globe.'' The combined reversal effects, seamless transitions, and heartbeat percussion are the language of Means To Me .
Whether Bear has defined a home for herself is left to wonder, as she leaves us with these final lines before the album crescendos into an explosive distorted instrumental and slowly fades: ''driving down through our state lines while you dream, I'm thinking of a name to go by.''