Search Results for:

GRIZZLY BEAR

Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear)

Deerslayer

    We are proud to announce the new single by Grizzly Bear & Department of Eagles member Daniel Rossen, to be released on 12” exclusively for Record Store Day 2018. It is the first official solo release by Rossen since 2012’s widely-acclaimed EP Silent Hour / Golden Mile (Warp Records). Those who have been lucky enough to attend one of Daniel’s rare but ever-spellbinding solo live performances of the last couple years may recognize the title track “Deerslayer”. As Rossen explains: “”Deerslayer” started as an imaginary dialogue with the hunters I constantly heard roaming around outside my place in upstate, NY. They were always heard but never seen, and a constant reminder that I didn’t really belong there. Stylistically this song doesn’t really fit with the rest of the material I am working with now, but it still feels true to the experience I had. So I’d like it to exist in the world, and record store day seems like a great opportunity to give it a special physical release.” The song is backed with a cover originally by Golden Suits. “”You’re Crossing A River” is a song by my old Dept. of Eagles bandmate, Fred Nicolaus, which he released as Golden Suits. I loved the lyric and Fred asked me to try a cover of it back when his last record came out. I tried to treat the song like I might have treated one of his tunes back in our Dept. of Eagles days, adding instrumental passages to mirror what’s going on in the lyric. If we were still making records together I would want to include this song.” Deerslayer will be released with original artwork by J. Penry on Record Store Day, Saturday April 21 on Warp Records.

    Grizzly Bear are back! It's been five long years since 'Shields' and their newest outing, 'Painted Runs' takes the ideologies of that stylistic curveball, and coherently matures it into a pulsing throng of grace and intricacy. From the outset, 'Wasted Acres' seems to hark back to the minimalistic woozy sombre-tronica of yesteryear but quickly gives-in to it's inner lounge-lizard with a throbbing harmonic redux into some sleazy lounge-jazz before smoothly seguing back to the gloom-led minor-key drone. 

    '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 INFORMATION

    2xLtd LP Info: 180 gram double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

    ‘Shields Expanded’ is a two disc CD set and 18 track digital album which features the original ‘Shields’ record along with the eight additional B-Sides.

    ‘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’.

    One of the world’s most celebrated alternative bands return with the bold and breathtaking follow-up to their international breakthrough record.

    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 COMMENTS

    Martin 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.

    Seemingly out of nowhere (ok, it’s their third album, but you know what I mean!) comes a record so unique and exhilarating that Fleet Foxes have already name checked it as ‘the greatest album of the noughties’. Well “Veckatimest” does have a folky feel and the band is big on 4-part harmonies and even choral arrangements, but that is only half of the story. There’s a jazzy , open-ended vibe, gorgeous strings, Disney-ish, Mercury Rev style flights of fancy, and a melancholy Beach Boys love of melody. The band is also big on percussion and meandering diversions, but the song itself never suffers, it just takes a while for the full beauty of this album to unfurl. Named after an uninhabited island off Cape Cod, there’s a real sense of magic and mystery to Grizzly Bear’s sound. You can tell they were all music students though; there’s nothing obvious here, it’s full of surprises. Lovingly sequenced to be listened to as a whole, as this drifts, grooves, ebbs and flows, you’ll know you’ve been taken on a luxurious ride. Simply stunning.


    Latest Pre-Sales

    175 NEW ITEMS

    Happy Sunday everyone. Open 11 - 5 today as usual. Barry’s here to look after all your musical needs.… https://t.co/kGtdaQskYR
    Sun 17th - 9:53
    A reissue here for the debut album from The Raconteurs - ‘Broken Boy Solider’ out now on 180gram vinyl with a coppe… https://t.co/maa2lRfEIC
    Sat 16th - 4:56
    END OF YEAR REVIEW LAUNCH PARTY! Full details here: https://t.co/Jov5j4buDg Brief details here: Wednesday Novembe… https://t.co/7SC3otwclf
    Sat 16th - 11:35
    E-newsletter —
    Sign up
    Back to top