Review: Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - VeckatimestDespite a newly inducted sonic clarity, Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest takes the high road: This is not an album that relies on “slick” production to craft something of quality. No, while Veckatimest is undeniably better recorded than previous Grizzly Bear efforts, there’s something undeniably exciting in this frenetic indie pop.

Grizzly Bear — “Cheerleader” | download

Claims of Veckatimest being a more accessible pop record aren’t actually wide of the mark — but don’t for a minute be detracted by the notion of accessibility. Grizzly Bear’s psych-folk tendencies really shine in the open, spacious reverberating soundscape, and rather than getting lost amongst the noise, listeners are rewarded with a clarity that’s a bit unusual for the many-layered recording here.

An excellent ear for vocal harmony and a sense of orchestration sets Grizzly Bear apart from its musical ilk, and with good indie rock sensibilities, there’s good reason this widely anticipated release has been well-received by fans and newcomers alike. This is an ambitious album, setting its sights high from the first measure, not glancing back for a moment for that look of assurance or recognition. Instead, the band brimming with confidence, melodies blast from thick stacks of reverb and echo, and new life breathes into this experimental pop outfit.

Veckatimest, without a doubt, is a definite contender for year-end lists, no doubt aided by the fact that the band has crafted something interminably catchy and inventive.

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