Department of Eagles, a collaboration of college buddies Fred Nicolaus and Daniel Rossen, have a new album coming out on October 7th called In Ear Park. This long-awaited follow-up to 2003’s The Cold Nose is a collection of folk-tinged baroque pop that’s not all that far from what we’ve come to expect from Rossen’s other band, and perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that fellow Grizzly Bear members Chris Taylor and Chris Bear are also featured on this record. But, Rossen himself has drawn some distinctions between this material and his other works:
A lot of these songs felt way too personal to bring to Grizzly Bear — there’s a lot of childhood nostalgia and an emphasis on more concise songwriting. Fred and I had license to try some things that I could never get away with otherwise, but we still went for the lushness and attention to sonic detail that Chris [Taylor] and I always want out of a recording.
That “lushness and attention to sonic detail” is definitely apparent throughout the record, just listen to the most recent track to be revealed in the lead-up to In Ear Park‘s release. “No One Does It Like You” seems to float out of your speakers on clouds of plucked strings and cascading choruses of light-as-air backup vocals. Draped in production that simultaneously emphasizes sound and space, melodies soar and Rossen’s distinct voice aches with emotion. And I thought the demo was impressive.
Unsurprisingly, this is an album of beautiful material that yields a pretty exceptional listen, one that I highly recommend… especially if you have even a passing interest in the music of Grizzly Bear.
Download: Department of Eagles – No One Does It Like You
Buy: If you pre-order the album now from the Beggars Group USA page, you get a free 7-inch single for “No One Does It Better” (b/w a cover of JoJo’s “Too Little Too Late”).