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Alex Blair Oh my gosh! What a find. Morning Bear has an incredible voice and the arrangements are simply stunning. You hear it in passing and it stops you in your tracks I've had Celeste on repeat play! Don't hesitate if you like folk/Americana - just buy it already! Favorite track: Celeste.
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“...Celeste, is a hauntingly beautiful, orchestral indie folk EP demonstrating tremendous promise from this up-and-coming Denver musician.”
-Alli Andress, AXS.com


released April 10, 2015

Words and Music by John Runnels
Produced by John Runnels and Mike Simms at Aloft Studios (aloft-studios.com)
Engineered and Mixed by Mike Simms
Mastered with David Glasser at Airshow Mastering

Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Percussion by John Runnels
Cello by Evan Shelton
Violin by Josh Lee
Keyboards by Corey Smith
Mandolin by Grayson Erhard
Drums by Daniel Rondeau
Saxophone, Flute by Loren Gilmore


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Morning Bear Denver, Colorado

Morning Bear's distinctive brand of orchestral Indie Folk is a synthesis of the calm and delicate stylings of artists like Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez with the complexity and depth of the Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. Featuring soaring vocals and atypical arrangements, Morning Bear's music provides a textured landscape behind pop-influenced hooks. ... more


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Track Name: Morning Bear
Morning broke like a water glass to the floor
Saw your face for the first time in a year or more
Light spilled out, across the river shore

You arise, calling out for your morning bear
Soaking wet, coming out the shower with tousled hair
Light flows in, illuminates the air
Track Name: Celeste
There you were, at last
Rising like a full moon in the night
In me it stirred a tide so strong
Out from my eyes it burst

All the time I waited
All along I'd known
But nothing could prepare me for how you'd grown

You are like the sun
Outshining everyone
And I am just a fool
Like Icarus, straight into you I flew

Though I had grown pale
Even then I knew
No consequence could keep me from you

It came like a storm
Flooding the desert floor
And in my little boat
I struggle to keep afloat

I will make it through the rain
And I will see you again
Track Name: Despise
Little girl, close your eyes
You have seen through my disguise
And finally you wash your hands
Of all my unfair demands
And when you finally return
That is when we all will learn

We broke apart like glass
Who'd have known it couldn't last
But all the pieces still shine
In our hearts and in our minds

And I see light inside your eyes
Which I could never despise

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