Psych-folk fuzz and Beach Boys harmonies – Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and Chris Taylor break down their exciting story so far.
Here’s what happens when Paul Simon, Radiohead and Jay Z agree on their favorite indie pop outfit: All over the noughties the Brooklyn four-piece Grizzly Bear have taken responsibility for some of American indie music’s most acclaimed psych-folk anthems, rejuvenating barbershop harmonies, and a piano intro to compete with Boomtown Rats or, say, “Still D.R.E.” Starting out as a moniker for Ed Droste’s solo endeavors, Grizzly Bear first played shows as a three-piece when Chris Bear and Chris Taylor came on board. The quartet got completed by Chris Bear’s jazz camp buddy Daniel Rossen shortly before the release of their debut album Horn Of Plenty in 2005. Trading the lo-fi and anti-folk aesthetics of their beginnings for a more electrified version of indie pop experimentalism confounded with Beach Boys harmonies, their follow-up Yellow House and Veckatimest grew into everybody’s favorite albums in their respective years, conciliating your common indie kid with electronica and soul heads – and their dads. Consisting of a highly prolific bunch of creative minds, the group’s members not only stick to the ‘one album every two years’ cycle with their fourth LP Shields released in autumn 2012, but also engage in noteworthy individual side projects and solo efforts, such as Rossen’s Department Of Eagles or Droste’s team-ups with Owen Pallett and Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold.