Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Cheerleader” by Grizzly Bear from their 2009 album Veckatimest available on Warp Records.
There isn’t much that I can say about Grizzly Bear that hasn’t already been written by every blog, magazine, and music relate scroll currently gracing the marketplace. Grizzly Bear are of course the Brooklyn foursome of Daniel Rossen, Ed Droste, Christopher Bear, Chris Taylor, that quietly bombarded the scene in 2006 with the highly acclaimed Yellow House and have continued in the months and years that have followed to expand their way in to the realm of “house hold name”. Be it the release of the beloved Friend EP, or the near cult-like following of their live performances, or the equally popular (and in this writer’s opinion equally talented) side project of Rosen’s, Department of Eagles, or the storied appearances on late shows far and wide, it’s quite safe to say that Grizzly Bear have arrived. Thus, the excitement and buzz surrounding the release of their third full length, Veckatimest, is near cosmic, and “Cheerleader” the first true single off the album proves this excitement worthy. It’s in a similar slow, delicately poppy vein as Yellow House, but there’s a sense of growth inherent in the song, a deeper, less ethereal connection that only comes from years of performance. This is a beautiful song, a cloud-like experience that clings to the sides of the brain, long after hearing it. Rejoice, fellow fans, Grizzly Bear has returned.
If you’re heading out to Sasquatch, you can catch Grizzly Bear on Monday, May 25. They’re playing the night before and after in Portland and Vancouver respectively, and from there they head back to the East Coast to continue touring. You can keep up through their MySpace page and website. For now, though, here’s Grizzly Bear performing “Two Weeks” from the new album on the Late Show with David Letterman: