'Mourning Sound' drives along with a little more energy, bolstered by swelling synth pulses and flickering light-ray saw-waves, a sentiment echoed on it's follow-up 'Four Cypresses', with a metronomic flicker gracefully joined by a militant snare march, and an oddly jarring but brilliantly tempered lo-fi string sample. As it grows, there is more cinematic outpourings and theatrical gestures with a grand euphoric progressive lurch and choral echoes crackling in and out of lucidity like waking from a dream.
Latterly, we get gifted some melodic groovers in the form of 'Losing All Sense', with rhythmic guitar upsweeps and warm distorted bass slowly decaying into the background, and 'Cut-Out' giving the hazy summer vibes before dipping a toe into twangy Americana waters.
Grizzly Bear once again continue to defy convention with deft stylistic progressions and impeccably produced seismic shifts, whilst still retaining the sullen melancholic charm of their alt-folk psychedelic roots.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLtd LP Info: 180 gram double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.
‘Shields B-Sides’ features 5 never before heard tracks, three of which are demos recorded in Marfa, Texas before the band officially began track listing the album in New York and Cape Cod. The Marfa Demos include the hypnotizing new single ‘Will Call’s’ plus ‘Taken Down’ and ‘Everyone I Know’ as well as two beautifully constructed bonus tracks, ‘Smothering Green’ and ‘Listen and Wait’. The ‘B-Sides’ also includes three remarkable remixes of tracks from the original ‘Shields’ including the Nicholas Jaar remix of ‘Sleeping Ute’ (which was released as a limited edition 12’’ for Record Store Day earlier this year) the Liars Remix of ‘A Simple Answer’ and Lindstrom Remix of ‘Gun-Shy’.
Grizzly Bear will follow their US Top 10 and UK Top 25 breakthrough record ‘Veckatimest’ with ‘Shields’, a bold yet textured masterpiece.
The album comes as a result of the band writing and recording in a more cohesive way than ever before, delivering anthemic singles (‘Yet Again’, ‘Speak In Rounds’) and stunning orchestral climaxes (‘Sun In Your Eyes’) across the space of its ten tracks.
Asked which tunes on ‘Shields’ belong to which songwriter, every member balks and explains that, for the first time, these are actually full-band numbers. Both in process and product, this is Grizzly Bear as they’ve never been. The words come matched by a sound that is more passionate than proper, a quality earned by spending less time on the perfect take than on the proper feeling. “This has a different energy behind it,” concludes Ed Droste (vocals). “‘Veckatimest’ was a little more of a polite album; the desire to keep the vocals smooth might have kept a little distance between us and the audience. This one feels a bit more rough and exposed, so that on ‘Shields’, everything speaks for itself.”
STAFF COMMENTSMartin says: The ornately wrought ironwork of "Veckatimest" was always going to be a very tough act to follow, but, in my humble opinion, Grizzly Bear have quietly surpassed it with "Shields". The rhythmic twists and turns are still there, as are the intricately crafted, angular song structures and Ed Drost’s aching vocal harmonies; but if in its predecessor’s overreaching ambition emotion and overall direction were occasionally lost, with "Shields" the expression has been honed, and to an exquisite degree. Grizzly Bear are the sum of divergent parts and that’s reflected in their complex, hard to pin down sound – if you need references (and they are loose) then, maybe Jeff Buckley’s muscular anguish and the melodic end of Animal Collective might serve. Best not to take my word for it though, investigate them for yourself; there’s a very, very good chance you’ll find it worth the effort.
15 NEW ITEMS
175 NEW ITEMS
Jonathan Kusuma / Sleep D / Samo DJ / Mascaras X Powder / DJ CityNothing Matters When We Are Dancing Vol 10: Main Room
Tornado Wallace / Greenvision / Bon Voyage Organization / Bell TowersNothing Matters When We Are Dancing Vol 10: Garden
Sun 17th - 9:53
Sat 16th - 4:56