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What Is Special About Late Night King by Bear the Astronot

bearcole | August 5, 2020

THE SONG LATE NIGHT KING MET A GOAL BEAR THE ASTRONOT HAD IN MIND SINCE HE STARTED MAKING MUSIC

Late Night King is a song Bear the Astronot wrote for his 2020 album by the same name. What is special about this song though? It meets a goal Bear has had in mind since he started making music. A mission if you will. To create music that lives within genres, picks from multiple styles, but sounds cohesive. 

Bear the Astronot has been experimenting with mixing genres for decades. However, as many producers know it isn’t always as cohesive as they would like. Mixing two genres can be easy. A Rock Rap song might be a perfect example. But Bear has been working all this time to mix more than two genres, cohesively so that the goal isn’t even recognizable. On the song Late Night King he may have found the formula. 

Late Night King is part Indie, part House, part Hip-Hop, part Alternative, part Pop. However, when you listen to it you probably wouldn’t even notice. It isn’t like the listener is saying to themselves, “It sounds like he is trying to mix Indie, House, Hip-Hop, Alternative, and Pop.”

The litmus test for Bear was as he says choosing genre. “I finished the song, and as is always the case had to start choosing the main genre before posting it to music sites and social media. The song was cohesive and I loved the sound, but I found myself having a very hard time choosing the genre to place it under.” 

That is what makes the song special. It has received an amazing reaction from listeners, many who say they love it! But where would you place it on a chart of genres if you had to choose? Has Bear mixed so many ingredients together that he created something new? A new genre maybe? Add your thought to the comments below. As an extra challenge what other song, by any artist, would you say is in the same genre?

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