Song of the Day 3/24/09: Grizzly Bear - Cheerleader
Ahh, Grizzly Bear. I still don't know whether to say I loved or hated Yellow House - In late 2006 when it was released, and through '07, it was the album I returned to more than any other. It was also the album I left quicker than any other - perhaps because (and this is rare for albums I devour so readily when they strike me as brilliant on first listen), it was exactly what I remembered every time I came crawling back. I kept wanting to find new things, and instead I found the same reverberated dream, which was hazy and crisp all at once. In retrospect this seems unfair - I was looking for intricacy and detail in a work which is beautiful exactly because it is stark and unordained.
I suppose Veckatimest is going to satiate my hunger for a new bulk of material from Grizzly Bear, as it's already making rounds as a huge step forward for the band - even though we're still months away from the official release date. Listen to "Cheerleader," a track that follows a more stable and anchored build toward a choral, tingly payoff. It's never loud, but it is confident, perhaps at an intensity that differentiates itself from Grizzly Bear's past work. Look for this one when it comes in late May - it's sure to round out our perception of who these guys really are.
- Phillip Taylor-Parker
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