As I go on with this blog I have to start including bands that are a little harder to explain and probably a little harder for people new to Indie to comprehend. Can a band’s music be dreamy and still catchy? Grizzly Bear has the answer. Wikipedia also has a hard time pinning down their style. They include 5 different genres in the description from “folk rock” (seriously?) to “art rock.” Well this is clearly a case where you will have to listen and come up with your own interpretation. As I’ve suggested before – best not to try to understand – just let the feels flow.
What I can tell you is that they are very popular in the Indie Rock world and when a few new songs started showing up on the internet recently people have been acting like something big just happened. Their music tends to be on the more gentle side – not hard rock for sure – but it also draws you in and gets the brain moving. Maybe “catchy” isn’t exactly the right word, but after you hear one of their songs several times I bet you’ll find yourself coming back. Grizzly Bear is the closest we get to royalty in indie-land. They deserve more than one listening. Listen, be confused, listen again, and again, and soon you’ll be a GB convert.
This playlist should give you a nice start. It includes a couple new and a couple older songs. The more I listen to them – the more I like. (I’ve got tickets to see them live in November.)
In this playlist:
While You Wait for the Others
YouTube playlist: Grizzly Bear
Spotify playlist: Grizzly Bear