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 selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Yet Again” by Grizzly Bear from the 2012 album Shields on Warp.
With Shields, modern indie folk pioneers Grizzly Bear launch themselves into bold new territory. Back in 2006, Grizzly Bear was a whispering bedroom personality that might entice you if you caught wind. But 2009’s Veckatimest was loved by virtually anyone who listened to it. Its single, “Two Weeks”, was one of the most addictive songs of the year and no doubt heard on every indie rock radio station across the nation. In a natural expansion to this success and development as musicians, Shields finds Grizzly Bear reaching farther and thinking bigger. Their arrangements have only gotten better with time. But in addition, we see with time how far we really are from witnessing the full realization of Grizzly Bear’s awesome potential.
Daniel Rossen has mentioned that Shields was a collaborative effort for the most part – each member contributed to many of the songs found here. This is especially evident on “Yet Again”. Vocally, the tune is beautiful. Droste and Rossen intertwine their vocals for a gorgeous hook that will appease any Grizzly Bear fan. Meanwhile, each instrument acts independently of one another to create a complex but accessible harmony. “Yet Again” sees Grizzly Bear’s songwriting at a new high, as well as their musicianship. I can only imagine how it will sound live.
Grab “Yet Again” above and grab the LP Shields at your local record store now! Grizzly Bear will be in Seattle October 5 at the Paramount. Lower Dens will be opening! You can grab tickets here. For now, you can listen to another new song, “Sleeping Ute,” off Shields: