Grizzly Bear’s psychedelic indie sound roars on


Grizzly Bear is an American Indie Rock band. The band consists of Edward Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor and Christopher Bear. The band employs traditional and electronic instruments and has been categorized as psychedelic pop, folk rock and experimental and is dominated by the use of vocal harmonies.
Ambitious yet restrained, elegant yet exciting, Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest is an endlessly rewarding album. The beautiful music makes for a relaxing day. The beginning of most of the songs contrast the long, instrumental closings.
Their first studio album, Horn Of Plenty, features a song called La Duchess Anne, which gives off a soft, creepy tune which starts off the general sound of Grizzly Bear. Given the heady depth of Horn of Plenty’s hazy musical swoon, Grizzly Bear’s lyrics somewhat surprisingly strike a pleasant counterbalance by residing more often than not in the familiar realm of day-to-day reality.  The sound as unforced and natural as a series of quiet exhalations, capable of transferring the beguiling, intoxicating atmospheres of Grizzly Bear’s bedroom directly into your own.
Their 2012 album, Shields, sets a tone that differs from the other albums, changing in ways that keeps listeners on their toes, yet resetting the all too familiar Grizzly Bear sound. A song like “Half Gate” drives endlessly towards its flight, but Droste takes the time to say something, just a little thing, as a sidebar: “honestly it’s fine,” he says, like he’s talking to someone, or like it could ever belong in one of Grizzly Bear’s serene, people-less landscapes. It doesn’t matter, at the end of the day, where Shields fits in for the young discography of this elusive and distinctive band.
One of the earlier albums,Yellow House, can be described as indie rock, with eerie vocals in songs like Marla and Knife. Most of the songs in the album are slow and serene. They convey a ghostly image as most of the sounds in the songs let the listener fall into a light trance whilst listening to the music.
Grizzly Bear is remarkable not just for their attention to detail but for their concern for how a song feels. Flushed with heart and melancholy, their music is seductive and intimate, deep with hazy-eyed choruses, whistles, piano and banjo. They know melody and ambiance are necessary complements. This is experimental mood music with love for classics and standards. It’s the kind of stuff you yearn to crank up when you’re lying in bed on a Sunday.