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Grizzly Bear – “Horn of Plenty ” – [Kanine Records]

A deep, blurry, hazy, take on the singer/songwriter aesthetic. It all started with Edward Droste making basic recordings of his low-key pop songs with just his vocals and guitar. Then, the very creative Christopher Bear -wisely offered the permanent chair as Second Grizzly- was enlisted to help heighten and widen the material beyond its obvious bedroom origins. As a duo (with a few other guest contributors) they have come up with an album of gently weird psyche-pop, heavy on found sounds and textures, samples, odd percussives, loops, telephone-timbre voices quadruple-tracked, keyboards sneaking in with little counterpoint melodies, and subtle, interesting touches; just one of which is a track that has its beat bolstered with an extremely subtle loop of what sounds like a stylus first touching down on a record, over and over. Nice job.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on February 26, 2006 at 9:04 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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