At some point after Sonic Youth (or maybe for this generation it’s Nirvana) albums impacted budding musicians, indie rockers saw it fit completely mandatory to fill their music with melody hidden by shrill guitar feedback and ambiguous lyrics. The protopunk influences of The Stooges combined with the avant-garde compositions from the likes of John Cale has given the indie movement a distinct and instantly recognizable sound. However, someone failed to give the Brooklyn based indie rock band Grizzly Bear the memo.
Since their 2004 freshman release “House of Plenty” has effortlessly combined lo-fi recording techniques with experimental acid folk rock and a dash of neo-psychedelia. The vocal harmonies are almost ethereal with all members lending their vocal talent which makes the band virtually sound like The Beach Boys with an indie attitude. The Grizzly Bear’s new single “While You Wait for the Others” is an excellently constructed psychedelic folk pop song that begins as a whisper and builds up to a harmonizing sing along backed by acoustic guitars and softly played keyboard. The attention to tempo, lyrics, momentum and detail on this song in particular and in Grizzly Bear’s entire (albeit small) catalogue in general is almost unparallel in indie rock at the moment.
Listen to the track [HERE].