I can’t stop listening to Shields (my review) and ‘Yet Again’ has become my most-played track of the last few weeks. The video by Emily Kai Bock is centered on a young figure skater and her fantastical travails burdened by the expectations of her sport and teendom.
A quick look back to Grizzly Bear past before I address Shields. 2006’s Yellow House was the first album to establish the band and the sound, a snakey, forlorn trip through psychedelic pastures and atmospheric entrancing melodies (prompting one dude to say the album syncs up perfectly with Jean Pierre Jeunet’s The City Of Lost… Read more »
It’s been a long time since Grizzy Bear have played live and they returned to the medium that helped make Veckatimest a big success. This time rather than Letterman, they chose the Colbert bump at Stephen Colbert’s ridiculously named StePhest Colbchella ‘012: RocktAugustFest. gig which also featured Santigold and Flaming Lips on a boat to… Read more »
Between ‘Sleeping Ute’ and ‘Yet Again’, Shields, the fourth album from Grizzly Bear looks to be heading in a more psychedelic direction, one in which the relative pop melodies of 2009’s Veckatimest appear to be superseded by instrumentation that isn’t as crystal clear, that is more wirey and murky. It might be too earlier to… Read more »
New Grizzly Bear to soothe you. The Daniel Rossen-led song is the opening number from their as yet untitled record which will be released on Warp on September 14th in Ireland, 17th in the UK, 18th in the US. Full World tour and album tracklisting at http://grizzly-bear.net.
Electric Picnic announced its initial lineup for 2012 today for Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September in Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois. Update: Bat For Lashes, Tindersticks and The Killers (Sunday) were added overnight. The Cure, Sigur Rós, Elbow, Grizzly Bear, Orbital, Christy Moore, The Roots, Hot Chip, Glen Hansard, The xx, Metronomy, The Horrors,… Read more »
Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen has a solo EP coming out on Warp in March called Silent Hour/Golden Mile. ‘Silent Single’ is the first single from the EP, a gently rolling arrangement set to Rossen’s distinctive vocal and harmonies. Last week, the more atmospheric piano number ‘Saint Nothing’ was revealed from the release.
‘Answer’, the first track from Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear’s solo project CANT is a slow-burner. In that regard, it’s like the Twin Shadow album he produced last year and as it happens, it’s not a million miles from that hazy song-led electronica. The reason? George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow helped Taylor out on… Read more »
There’s no denying the Grizzly Bear influence (or more specifically the Daniel Rosen comparison) on We Are Trees’ debut EP Boyfriend. That’s no bad thing as Virginia Beach bedroom popster James Nee’s debut EP suggests he already has a superior grasp on that folk-dream pop sound. It’s all galloping acoustic-led instrumentation and it’s just perfect… Read more »