Critically acclaimed bands sometimes get too much attention for their own good. Grizzly Bear has gotten much critical acclaim, yet this album of theirs is amazingly written and does what a lot of acts are trying to achieve.

While Grizzly Bear’s music can’t technically be called folk, it’s definitely a modern take on the genre, it’s got that homely and lifelike vibe to it and I think that’s what really defines folk.


Grizzly Bear - "Veckatimest"

Grizzly Bear - "Veckatimest"


Grizzly Bear has released two full-length studio album prior to “Veckatimest”, they both received extremely good reviews from critics and this allowed them to tour with Radiohead, one of the biggest bands on the planet, Radiohead’s guitarist, Jonny Greenwood even called them his favourite band.

Grizzly Bear is another great band from Brooklyn and at the moment Brooklyn seems to be a hotspot for hip indie musicians and bands, with bands like TV On The Radio, The Bavarian Druglords and the wonderful Antlers hailing from there.

“Veckatimest” starts off with the track ‘Southern Point’, it’s a largely acoustic affair and it has a gentle feeling that’s perfect for the opening track, which then allows the drums to have a bigger effect, when they at last come in to the song.

The second song and also the first single, ‘Two Weeks’, is an instant indie classic, it’s simplicity and humbleness make it really likeable. Within a genre similar or like folk, it’s really hard to make songs that are easy to sing along to and are catchy, with ‘Two Weeks’ I really do think that they’ve nailed it, I think that’s a real achievement.

There are some other really sweet songs, but I don’t really want to drone about almost every track so I’ll just tell people to listen to, ‘Cheerleader’, ‘While You Wait for the Others’ and ‘Foreground’.

The album’s constructed extremely well, and I really like that with albums because it shows that the band is concentrating more on the album than making a hit song. It feels cosy and warm, which is something that is lacked in a lot of albums.

I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone, but I would like to urge people to take a listen on their MySpace, because I loved this album and I’m sure lots of other people will too.

The other day in an interview, they let slip that they were most likely playing the Big Day Out, so for all those people reading this in Australia look out for their tour here early next year.

~ by Michael Hodder on May 16, 2009.

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