Posts Tagged ‘Grizzly Bear’

Brooklyn-based Here We Go Magic is about to be big. Its self-titled debut comes out Tuesday and it’s quite the arrival.

I could try to describe the band’s varied experimental sound but its MySpace page sums it up best as “whombish.” That word doesn’t exist, yet it feels so right.

The trusty music blog, Gorilla vs. Bear, and Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear have given the band some warranted publicity the past few months. Once I heard “Tunnelvision” on GvB, I was sold. 

The great thing about the debut album is that no two songs sound alike. The relatively short nine-track album feels dense because of these vast soundscape arrangements.

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If you like the folky despondent sounds of Grizzly Bear, you should check out Department of Eagles, the side project of Grizzly Bear’s lead singer Daniel Rossen. Though just now showing up on the radar, Department of Eagles actually formed before Grizzly Bear in the fall of 2000. The two ministers of the Department, Fred Nicolaus and Daniel Rossen, met as freshman at New York University where they shared a room. The two spent their college years mixing albums and making a more electronic sound until the band took a hiatus when Rossen joined Grizzly Bear in 2004.

The band is back together again for their third album. “No One Does it Like You” is their first single off their applauded album, In Ear Park. The group has toured around New York and hit up the talk-show circuit, but this live video on the rooftop of a building in New York is an intimate session of a band and their beloved city. And to be honest, the panoramic New York skylines and images of construction workers don’t hurt their Brooklyn street-cred either.

The song jumps right in with a steady beat on the toms and intruding crisp guitar chords. Rossen’s first verse sounds sparing at first and then transitions into a break down chorus that subtly builds. What makes this song so great are the little inconspicuous components that become more noticeable with every listen. Even the oohs and aahs resonating in the last chorus add a further layer upon the skeleton of this seemingly simple song. It’s almost as if the sole purpose of the song is build to the emotional apex when Rossen sings, “No One Does it Like You.” Something about his non-chalance, his sincerity, his accepted defeat after trying so hard, makes me pity and adore him all at the same time. With the message conveyed, the song is finished and degenerates into a finale.

“And in the morning come, you don’t need to be so honest.”

~ Peggy McWeeney