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Editors’ Notes

It’s not surprising that a band like Department of Eagles would do a singularly unusual thing in releasing an “archive” covering three years of their time together and the making of a record that never existed. After Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus released their 2003 debut, The Cold Nose, and before record number two, 2008’s In Ear Park, was recorded, they spent a few years working on what was meant to be their sophomore effort. This collection reflects the starts and stops of that project, but also now effectively resides in their chronology as album number three. The duo’s ear for original yet vaguely familiar melodies and instrumental flourishes (a little Beatles here, a dash of Beach Boys there, a whiff of Grizzly Bear — Rossen’s other band — everywhere) was clearly in bloom, with tracks like “While We’re Young” and “Brightest Minds” radiant and dazzling with lovingly layered vocals, echoing percussion, twinkling guitars and banjos. Sprinkled throughout are “practice room sketches,” featuring clinking pianos, twittering birds, and choral limbering. Archive is an intriguing look back at a couple of college students finding their musical legs. We give ‘em an A.

Customer Reviews

creation of grizzly bear

I think this album contains elements that really made grizzly bear what it is today, especially on yellow house. Dan Rossen is so underrated in grizzly bear, its all given to Ed and chris. If you listen to Horns of plenty, its so wired and totally different (don't get me wrong I enjoy it), but when Dan joined them, their style changed completely for the better, and this style is found on In the ear and on this album. So in a way Department of Eagles made Grizzly Bear. I love this album too

delicious, lush, beautiful,

music i can listen to over and over again. the album i've been waiting for for quite a while. i have not listened to something so good in some time! more department of eagles please!

simply so satisfying!!


i love department of eagles and grizzly bear. yay for gay. such good music. freaked out when i found out they relesed a new album TODAY. it's crazy. slightly less crazy as writing the first review.


Formed: 2001 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Originally known as the Whitey on the Moon UK, Department of Eagles blossomed from the recording project of two college roommates into purveyors of ambitious yet intimate music inspired by Van Dyke Parks and Paul McCartney. Fred Nicolaus and Daniel Rossen met in 2000, when they were assigned as each other's roommates during their freshman year at New York University. During their spring semester, they began experimenting with samples, recording software, and guitars, making music with the atmospheric...
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