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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

My God...It's full of stars...

'Veckatimest' is a masterpiece. I know, I'm one of those music geeks who gets overstimulated by music. I can't help myself. And like Fleet Foxes' debut a year ago, Grizzly Bear's new album is such an artistic and emotional triumph, I can't find the proper words to explain just how unequivocally in love with this I am. It's rendered all language meaningless, because there are no words that could possibly describe its beauty powerfully enough. I want to laugh and cry and behave irrationally. The world can be a terrible, lonely place. But maybe not, because if music like this is out there, anything is possible.

Are you ready?

A general music fan, unknown to this album, and a devoted lover of Grizzly Bear might expect different things when first playing "Southern Point," but I heed, the same approach should be taken on both parties. Expect "Veckatimest" to be your next favorite album and it will not dissapoint. Analyzing each track is irrelevant when determining the gravity this album produces. Not only will you be so affected by the sounds that come out of your speakers when listening to this, you will struggle to understand and define just what is happening. Other reviews will explain the details and high points, the trademark choral harmonies, haunting, sometimes, tribal rhythms, and just how damn gorgeous "While You Wait For The Others" is, but instruction is all i ask. Make the first listen special, play it as loud as your sensitive ears can bear, and let your heart jump, your bones shiver, and your eyes swell with tears of joy. Get ready my friends, for the ground will literally break beneath you.

Simply Brilliant.

I'm not really going to go in depth here. It's brilliant. It's new. It makes you think about life. Keep it up, GB.


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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