When reviewing anything, it’s important to be fair, unbiased and impartial. So I’ll start this one honestly. I fucking love Grizzly Bear.
They’re back with a track that’s so beautiful, you probably would too. Part of a Shields re-release, this is just one demo on the 18-track monster that you’ll get for your pennies, every note feels crafted with absolute care and precision. Why they didn’t include it on the original release is beyond me.
The seven minute long lesson in composition grabs your attention the whole way through, a rare quality for tracks of such duration.
The track has got everything we’ve come to expect from the hipster idols: Rising vocals, moody intros and catchy choruses, and if you listen really, really carefully, you can hear crickets chirping in the background, a nice little touch inspired by Marfa, the town where they were recording. It’s this attention to detail that really separates Grizzly Bear from the pretenders.
It’s been a while since they were an up and coming band so I’ll save you the usual spiel about getting down your local club, grabbing a Stella and checking them out. Just set this on repeat and let the weekend roll on.