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What we have here are 10 tracks from post-rock/electro-folksters Grizzly Bear and friends, featuring guest artists doing covers of songs from the band’s previous release, Yellow House (Brazilian dance-punkers CSS and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox present starkly different versions of “Knife;” Band of Horses offer a lovely hillbilly rendition of “Plans”), and additional friends collaborating with the band on songs old and new.  The first track, “Alligator,” is taken from 2004’s Horn of Plenty, and is reworked here into a full-bodied, shimmering and slowly explosive rock song of The next track is a cover of the twisted 1960s pop song by the Crystals, “He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss).”  Grizzly Bear takes the original, bizarrely romantic Phil Spector arrangement to an appropriately darker place, leading a fragile intro into a barrage of thundering, violent guitars. The live version of “Little Brother” (from Yellow House) is truly epic in feel, and is a persuasive argument for seeing Grizzly Bear in a live setting. From there, each song’s flavor veers widely, leaving grandiosity for experimental ambience, funkified electronics, and low-fi charm (GB member Daniel Rossen’s home-recorded version of the traditional song “Deep Blue Sea” is not to be missed).

Customer Reviews

Paralyzing Beauty

It's like taking a walk and finding a secret place. Like stumbling across a cottonwood grove in a New York City alleyway. Neon signs illuminating leaf billows and prairie grass. Meadowlark calls. Payphones.

just what i was missing

i never disliked grizzly bear, but it was a little too quiet and slow i guess for me. the cover of The Crystals "He Hit Me" is amazing! the electric version of "Little Brother" and the other songs that have been redone with some added umpf are just what i was missing from gb's music. i normally like the lo-fi sounds of recordings but i prefer the quality with which these guys did this new ep. sounds really nice and clean. i agree with other reviewers... skip the covers...

rediscover what makes grizzly bear great

these reworked songs are mostly taken from their astonishing live performances. shift (alternate version) is hauntingly beautiful. if you are a fan of grizzly bear at all you must have this in your collection


Formed: 2002 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Growing from humble roots into one of the most acclaimed indie rock acts of the 2000s and 2010s, Grizzly Bear began as the home recording project of Boston-bred singer Edward Droste. Holed up in his Brooklyn apartment, he laid the groundwork for the band's otherworldly debut album on a small hand-held tape recorder. His homespun effort took on new life with the help of multi-instrumentalist Christopher Bear, a Chicago native who had worked in musical projects ranging from laptop electronica to free...
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