Grizzly Bear: Yet Again
I haven’t stopped listening to the new Grizzly Bear album, Shields, since it was released a few weeks ago and it has rapidly become one of my favourite releases of the year. It’s the sort of album that demands extended and concentrated listening; the compositions are layered and complex and the lyrics are melancholic and filled with yearning. It may not be as poppy as the band’s 2009 breakout effort, Veckatimest, but as much as I loved that album there’s something about Shields that is somehow more intricate, more compelling. You almost enter a trance-like state when listening to these songs, as the Brooklyn-based quartet dazzle you with their unique sounds. The band has just released a video for one of the first singles off the album, “Yet Again,” and it the visuals are just as atmospheric, sad and etherial as Shields itself. The video, directed by Emily Kai Bock, features a figure skater struggling with her routine until she breaks through the ice and emerges at a carnival. This beautifully shot, surreal vision perfectly captures the essence of the album and is a good reminder why the music video continues to be a relevant art form. More cinematic than your average video, “Yet Again,” like all good music videos, feels more like a short film than anything approaching a promotional vehicle.
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