As we officially enter the final stretch in our wait for Grizzly Bear‘s breathtaking third full-length, Veckatimest, the band has hit us with a few excellent tidbits to help make the next few days go by that much faster. Yesterday, the boys dropped by the studios of WYNC Radio to give an interview interspersed with performances of some stripped-down, acoustic versions of songs from the upcoming record. I’ve been consistently impressed by the quality of Grizzly Bear’s live sessions — they’re always remarkably tight, textured, and penetrating — and this most recent foray is surely one of their finest sets. You can stream the whole session (“All We Ask”, “Two Weeks”, “Dory”, “While You Wait for the Others”, “Too Little Too Late (JoJo cover)”, “Foreground”) over at NPR.
And now the first video from Veckatimest has arrived. The fantastic lead single “Two Weeks” was the subject for prolific music video director (and member of The Directors Bureau) Patrick Daughters and not unlike Grizzly Bear’s video for “The Knife” (directed by Encyclopedia Pictura), Daughters’ take on “Two Weeks” is pretty effective at fostering some discomfort for the viewer… at least this viewer. Watch the band get their explosive ventriloquist dummy/zombie choir boy on down below.
Download: Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Buy: Pre-order Veckatimest from Insound on CD or vinyl and get an awesome free poster (while supplies last). You can stream the whole record at Grizzly Bear’s myspace and don’t forget about their tour (which starts in two days). Check out the dates here.