Grizzly Bear Yellow House

[Warp; 2006]

Styles: post-rock/folk/indie, lo-hi-fi
Others: Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Elbow, Beach Boys

With Yellow House, Warp Records continues their push into rock as started by Maximo Park's debut. Grizzly Bear's sophomore album and first for Warp sees the bedroom indie menagerie swelling from the lone efforts of Edward Droste to a fully functional quartet. The fact that this album was recorded in a makeshift living room studio at Droste's mom's yellow house (hence) is a testament to the imagination of these guys. Each of the ten tracks here paints cinematic pictures of grandiose indie pop pastures that cannot be contained by anyone's mom's living room. Resting on a rich formula of melodic acoustic strumming, light electronic touches, odd Pro Tools effects, the occasional banjo, and fat drumbeats whenever you're lucky enough to hear them go off, Grizzly Bear are an Animal Collective that decided to go more intelligible and accessible instead of running naked through the woods on five hits of sunshine acid while screaming in tongues. I know I've probably never met or talked to you before, but trust me when I say "Lullabye" has everything you've been looking for. If you don't fall in love with that mildly Disney epic on a first listen, the terrorists have truly won.

1. Easier
2. Lullabye
3. Knife
4. Central And Remote
5. Little Brother
6. Plans
7. Marla
8. On A Neck, On A Spit
9. Reprise
10. Colorado

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