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Grizzly Bear – Friend EP

Grizzly Bear – Friend EP


Grizzly Bear and friends

This stopgap 10 track EP features alternative versions, covers and other recordings from the Grizzly Bear canon. There is an electric version of “Little Brother”, a rousing cymbal-assisted crescendo choir version of “Alligator” with a little help from the Dirty Projectors and Beirut and an alternate version of “Shift”. What strikes me about these songs which are mostly radical versions, is the essence of song-writing around it, a craft in which Grizzly Bear have made leaps with each passing release. They have become mature arrangers/composers.

The cover versions by CSS (“Knife”), Band of Horses (“Plans”) and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox side-project Atlas Sound (“Knife”) deserve varying degrees of attention: CSS out of fleeting curiosity, Band of Horses’ wonderful country banjo version and Atlas Sound for the twinkling soundtrack strangeness.

The lone Grizzly Bear cover is the Carole King / Phil Spector “He Hit me (and It Felt like a Kiss)” they have been playing for some time on tour and in a Daytrotter session way back. It’s a bruising atmospheric male spin on a traditionally female song and it works wonderfully.

Watch out for the hidden track at the very end of the EP, clocking in at just over a minute. It’s a collaboration between Grizzly Bear and Zach Condon and is louder than you might expect ;) .


Grizzly Bear – Alligator (Choir Version)


Grizzly Bear – He Hit me (and It Felt like a Kiss)


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