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The rich vocal harmonies that make Grizzly Bear so appealing are largely absent here, replaced by an echo-laden, beat-up warble. Unfortunately, focusing on strong songs seem to have been an afterthought—the real focus is on the production, and while it sounds cool, I haven’t found it holding up to repeated listens. For the tour Taylor has put together a quartet that will hopefully put some meat on the music’s rhythmic bones. The group includes Dev Hynes (the moniker-switching bloke behind Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion, and Test Icicles), John Kirby, and drummer Guillermo Brown (a former collaborator of free jazz titan David S. Ware). Below you can watch the video for the album’s title track and give a listen to another song from the new album.
Islaja, Keraaminen Pää (Fonal)
Various artists, Imaginational Anthem IV: New Possibilities (Tompkins Square)
Abdel Hadi Halo & the El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers, Abdel Hadi Halo & the El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers (Honest Jon’s)
Sylvie Courvoisier-Mark Feldman Quartet, To Fly to Steal (Intakt)
Stereolab, Not Music (Drag City)