Archive for September 6th, 2009

GRIZZLY BEAR

2009-09-06

I am really enjoying the new album,Veckatimest, from Grizzly Bear. They have a website — www.grizzly-bear.net — which you have to scroll sideways on! They played on Jools Holland’s “Later” a few months back, and were excellent live and very engaging and intriguing.

embedded video While You Wait For The Others on YouTube:

This song has been in my head for days now, it’s got a Hendrixy guitar thing, and sort-of Beach Boys vocal work — and various people reckon the Grizzlies are a bit like a LOT of bands from Badly Drawn Boy to Gomez. The music reviewers seem to prefer to compare with Fleet Foxes and Animal Collective, although I can’t see why for Veckatimest. Maybe the comparisons work better for their last album, Yellow House from back in 2006.  I know this album, but don’t like it half as much as Veckatimest!

The entire album, after a couple of play-throughs, is actually quite addictive.

The band is from Brooklyn near New York in the USA, which seems to be where-it’s-at just now.

Chris Bear plays the drums to Chris Taylor’s bass.  Taylor also experiments with mad instruments and is the producer. Everyone sings, but the two main singers also play guitar and keyboards — Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen (who is also a member of the duo “Department of Eagles”).

“Two Weeks” has a really strong piano vamp intro, and I’m pretty sure that I have heard it used in some TV commercial or something — it’s a real nag, and I wish I could remember better!

“I live With You” has haunting vocals and a Thunderclap Newman feel at times.

Overall it’s produced in a weird lo-fi fashion — sounding a bit like they have recorded tracks in their bathroom.There’s a lot of reverb and raw sounds, but that’s part of the charm — it actually sounds older than it obviously is!

They can harmonise — I like what they do on “About Face” and on the start of “Fine For Now”.

If you fancy something a wee bit different from the usual pop, but still tuneful and interesting, check out Grizzly Bear; you won’t be sorry you did!

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