Polar Bear is the third album in Chapman’s series of his recent improvised musical series.
The first being 2011’s ‘The Resurrection and Revenge of The Clayton Peacock’ which Wire magazine nominated as No. 5 Album of The Year, was widely received favourably by press and fans alike as another highpoint in Chapman’s late blooming career which has been boosted by the public recognition of his talents by the likes of Thurston Moore, Jack Rose & Will Oldham.
The second album, 2012’s “Pachyderm’ was a minimalist masterpiece, a single chord ambient work quite unlike anything Chapman had ever done before and gained him further widespread supportive reviews and a sell out UK tour with a solo Thurston Moore. It is from that tour that comes the duo performing the noise epic “Six Two Thirteen“ on this new album “Polar Bear”.
The new record also sees Chapman experimenting with cello accompaniment, and some pieces featuring his own atmospheric slide guitar work. Further proof as it were needed of Chapman’s still restless search for new musical adventures.
At 73 years old, he is playing better than ever, having started out on EMI’s legendary 60’s Harvest record label, he only goes to show that stick with it and eventually your time will come.
1. Flowers In The Oven
2. The Polar Bear
3. Black Dirt On A Hot Day
4. Razorback Hat
5. The Old Inertia Reel
6. To See The Sea In C
7. Six, Two, Thirteen
8. Slidey Bit