Grizzly Bear: “Cheerleader”

Grizzly Bear

Many of you have probably already listened to the upcoming album from Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear (posed above in a promo shot that I’m assuming was conceived as “come-hither Kraftwerk”), which leaked earlier this month in the form of painfully low-quality mp3s. If you haven’t yet, try not to. The leak really doesn’t do Veckatimest justice. Luckily, Grizzly Bear and Warp Records have made exercising that restraint all the easier with the release of the first official mp3 from the record.

Standout “Cheerleader” features a myriad of gracefully layered sounds, from sparse flourishes of percussion and surging guitar riffs, to delicate accents of brass and woodwinds, to ethereal vocal work and a haunting children’s choir. The production, fully revealed here, is also predictably incredible. These guys have really stepped their game up for this one…

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Download: Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader
Buy: You can pre-order Veckatimest directly from the band (or elsewhere) over at their webpage. The record comes out May 26th on Warp Records.

Grizzly Bear also start a Veckatimest-supporting tour at the end of May, check out the dates here (complete with links to buy tickets for the all the gigs).