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Editors’ Notes

In the few short years of their existence, Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear has taken their cavernous, whispery indie pop to the peaks of critical acclaim while stacking up a new set of building blocks as reference points. Vecktatimest continues the trajectory, working on a more epic level, but still providing a kind of hand-crafted, weird Americana feeling via their sparse arrangements and echoing, deep-in-the-basement feel. "All We Ask" is a triumph that has a stuttering, layered '50s pop rhythm but with vocal arrangements that are somewhere between an Eliot Smith heart-wringing folk song and a tropical outtake from South Pacific. It's the vocals that stand out the most, riding on top of the crashing cymbals on tracks like "Fine For Now" and hovering in the clouds on "Cheerleader." Veckatimest is an ornate collection of left-field pop music, at once familiar and curious, and also one of the sweetest, and more moving pop albums you're likely to hear. 

Customer Reviews

Now I Believe

There has been so much press about this album in the past few months that I did not know whether this was legitamately a great album or that some people were just really excited that they had a leaked version of it before anyone else. Well, after a month of heavy listening, I definitely agree with the hype. Although this album isn't quite at the same level as Yellow House, you just can't give it a rating less than 5 stars. For anyone who may think that the only great track on this album is Two Weeks, I say, get yourself a good set of headphones, turn out the lights and listen to Foreground. If there has ever been a better album closer, I really want to hear it. (Other standout tracks for me: Cheerleader, Ready Able, About Face, While You Wait for the Others)

My new favourite thing

It's been a long time since I've heard a release with such a complex range of songs, ranging upbeat folk/pop sounds to hauntingly beautiful vocal arrangements. There are so many sounds and textures here, it's really a feast. Easily my Favourite release of the year.

And see them live if you can. They are unforgettable.

Love the Bear

I'll admit that at first I wasn't very fond of any of the songs on the album, other than Two Weeks and Cheerleader. However, i later found myself coming back to listen to the previews and i eventually bought the CD.
Now Grizzly Bear is one of my most favourite bands :)
Ed once said himself that some of his fans don't like it immediately, but it grows on them.


Formed: 2002 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Grizzly Bear began as a home recording project for Boston-bred experimentalist Edward Droste, the son of an elementary school teacher, who laid the groundwork for the band's otherworldly debut album on a small hand-held tape recorder while holed up for 15 months in his Greenpoint, Brooklyn, apartment. His homespun D.I.Y. effort took on new life with the help of multi-instrumentalist Christopher Bear, a Chicago native who had worked in a diverse range of musical projects ranging from laptop electronica...
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