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Cowboy Movie Star

by Bleachbear

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Boy 03:26
Twenty Six 04:19
Flash Mob 03:49
Somnium 02:45
I Don't Know 02:33
Circus 02:20


Bleachbear’s sophomore album “Cowboy Movie Star” began summer 2015 when Tigerlily stumbled upon a book of vintage postcards turning them into a collage book intermixed with phrases from cut-apart poems. The finished project is an ode to western deserts, 1950´s slow dances, and old Hollywood. Bleachbear worked with producer Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows) to capture a raw Seattle sound, and the album was released in July 2016.


"If you asked us to summarize what Seattle sounds like in just one band in its scene, after some careful consideration, we would probably say Bleachbear. Seattle music comes in many shapes and forms, but the music penned by the pop-rock trio does wonders in blending two of the most prevalent styles of music in the Emerald City: guitar-driven ethereal dream pop music, and jangly, pleasant surf rock revivalism...the musical equivalent of a blurry, low-exposure Polaroid picture of one of the best nights of your life." - Northwest Music Scene

“Bleachbear’s new album shines with breezy surf rock inspired melodies and indelible guitar and bass hooks. There is a bright future ahead for these ladies and songs like ‘Boy’ are sure to have you singing along this summer!” ​- Jessica Dobson, Deep Sea Diver

“Cowboy Movie Star manages to be both endearing and raw, on the edge of surf and pop. Listening to Cowboy Movie Star is much like following along to a piece of audio cinema; a story you'll want to play back again and again.” - Hollis Wong-Wear, the Flavr Blue

"Packing an indie dream pop punch, front woman Tigerlily’s angst-soaked lyrics create an evocative, wistful vibe. With their breezily sweet harmonies layered over a fusion of distortion, Bleachbear is the perfect juxtaposition of fragile and badass."- MoPOP
"I’ve heard enough to realize what’s going to blow mind, but once a year something comes out of left field and hits me hard. Cowboy Movie Star is that album, it is just soooo good...What struck me most and most immediately about this album was just how distinctive the sound was... 'The Love Detectives' immediately snaps with a killer guitar riff and encapsulates everything that Bleachbear is in just 30 seconds; the bands sweetness hinting at 50’s doo-wop on the songs “bum, bum” vocals, the slight edge with the guitar distortion, the bands complete conviction, the power and self-assurance in guitarist and lead singer Tigerlily’s vocals, and the total confidence to bend the songs beautiful melodies out of shape. Not that the band needs to convince anyone of their talent, but they do it beautiful here and right from the get go... 'Boy' is without a doubt one of the most complete songs I’ve heard all year, and just like with 'The Love Detectives' they show a confidence in the music they’ve made to not only crank out a surefire hit song but to bend and warp the tone at times, laying on the whammy bar to that smooth and fuzzy exterior." ​- Brian Snider, Secretly Important

Bleachbear is producing clean, infectious indie pop music that could easily take off. The sophomore effort, “Cowboy Movie Star,” swings from dream pop to carefully constructed introspective tunes that harken back to a bye gone era.” -​ Mark Sugiyama, Eclectic Arts


released July 30, 2016

All songs by Bleachbear Copyright 2015

Produced by Kurt Bloch and Tigerlily Cooley

- Mixed by Kurt Bloch
- Recorded by Kurt Bloch at the Red Room and Jonas Gushurst at Jupiter Recording Studios, Seattle
- Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering, Seattle
- Artwork by Anna White
- Cover Photos by Adria Gordillo
- Inside Photo by Maryellen Cooley
- Cowboy Photo copyright New York Public Library
- Logo by Sayaka Kubo
- Font by Denise Bentulan
- Design Layout by Jonathan Cooper


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Bleachbear Seattle, Washington

Comprised of sisters Tigerlily & Bird Cooley & cousin Emiko Nakagawa Gantt, they play "dream pop grunge" sprinkled with vintage influences. Seattle Weekly named them "Best Underage Band" & they've earned acclaim as one of Seattle’s favorite rising acts. Northwest Music Scene described their music as “the musical equivalent of a blurry low-exposure Polaroid of one of the best nights of your life.” ... more

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