Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
In 2008 Grizzly Bear were chosen to open for Radiohead on the U.S. leg of their tour, and guitarist Johnny Greenwood even came on stage to proclaim that they were his favourite band. High praise indeed from an key member of one of the giants of modern alternative rock, and this was even before the release of Veckatimest, the first Grizzly Bear album that was both a critical and commercial success. It was also the first album that the band wrote from scratch as a four-piece, and the vocal harmonies of Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen, as well as the intricately arranged instrumentation, marked this out as the work of a band who had matured and perfected their craft. Although the average hipster would be uncomfortable that the joyfully bouncy "Two Weeks" achieved such crossover success (see; Volkswagen advert, Gossip Girl intro), they can rest easy in the fact that this album was released on experimental electronic label Warp, and is often deliciously off-kilter and wistfully inventive.