As part of PopMatters’ 20th anniversary, we are revisiting classic features. Travel back in time a decade ago to 2009, when indie rock was in its full ascendency,and hear the songs that soundtracked the era.
When not doing strings for the likes of Grizzly Bear or Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett is putting out his own gorgeous string- and synth-laced pop, like his latest, In Conflict, which he gives PopMatters a guided tour of.
Why would a songwriter who’d built up a respectable career in the indie world torpedo a thoughtful discography with an album that sounds like Paul Simon covering Prince? Well, for one, because it’s awesome.
The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.
Another listening session with background notes to ease the transition into fall, including new music off highly anticipated releases from indie strongholds Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective along with singles from upcoming releases from Tame Impala and Matt and Kim.
Grizzly Bear have just announced that they will release their latest album this September 18th via Warp in the midst of their world tour. The tune "Sleeping Ute" is available for preview now, as well as the tracklist, but no title has been announced.
Rooms Filled With Light could have very easily fallen into the sophomore slump category. It had all the trappings of a pre-destined failure, but Fanfarlo somehow guides it all into an enjoyable, 80's-driven art-pop LP.
By pulling all four of their heads together in the conception process and tweaking the nuts and bolts of their design in the three years following Yellow House, Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear have produced their finest record to date.
For the first portion, Joana Carneiro conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic though three classical pieces that prefaced and weirdly mirrored Grizzly Bear’s subsequent sweeping and hauntingly beautiful performance.