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Grizzly Bear — Speak In Rounds
Album: Shields
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6.7

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Released: 2012
Length: 4:18
Plays (last 30 days): 2
If I draw you upside down I can let go
Leaves my mind at ease gives me something to focus on
Could I be alone?
Could I be alone?

If I speak in rounds for a while letting my tongue swell
I'll be sure to try and explain myself to dispel
Blame it on the day
Blame it on the day

Step down just once learn how to be alone
Step down just once learn how to be alone
Come get what's lost what's left before it's gone

But what makes each step worth the time and regret still shows
In the cradle of my unruly jest you belong
Take it as it is
Make another fist

Step down just once learn how to be alone
Step down just once learn how to be alone
Come get what's lost what's left before it's gone
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Excellent! 


 nicknt wrote:
Forgettable band.
 

You must be gettin' old 
Forgettable band.
I've had this album since it was first released and have found that I've put it in a bi-monthly rotation.  After each listening I'm somewhat exhausted and short of breath...  Love going on the ride with them, but like any carnival ride, have to be selective about how often I jump aboard.
random statement and observation.

Grizzly Bear's "While You Wait for the Others" is one of my all time favorite songs.

Southern Point is another song from Veckatimest that I like very much.
This song reminds me of Southern Point, with the driving rhythm and sense of urgency.
The singer of Grizzly Bear (with members of The National, I believe) does an incredible cover of the Grateful Dead's "Terrapin Station." It's definitely worth a listen - and a play on Radio Paradise!
7 > 8

Kind of pushing. Like it more on the second hear.
 Carlo9151 wrote:
makes me remember Talk Talk

 
Love Talk Talk! And the Blue Nile
You really ought to play "Start Wearing Purple"!  
Weird, I had this song going through my head earlier today.
RP has wire tapped my tower
Great energy.
Love it
Whenever I want to be alone, I'm with you.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
There was a time in about 1967 or so where every "new" band sounded like a cross between the Young Rascals and Herman's Hermits. It was a Slough of Despond, musically, Pilgrim! These guys are enmired in the same unconscious blur- trying to differentiate themselves by rearranging the minute inner details of other bands' sound. The result is .. debacle.

 
Wish I hadn't had to look it up, but glad I did...

"This miry slough is such a place as cannot be mended: it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run; and therefore it is called the Slough of Despond. For still, as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there arises in his soul many fears and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle in this place: and this is the reason of the badness of this ground."  John Bunyan


I'm liking this more and more. Also hearing them on local radio, KUSP. 
 misterbearbaby wrote:
There was a time in about 1967 or so where every "new" band sounded like a cross between the Young Rascals and Herman's Hermits. It was a Slough of Despond, musically, Pilgrim! These guys are enmired in the same unconscious blur- trying to differentiate themselves by rearranging the minute inner details of other bands' sound. The result is .. debacle.

 
Can't this be said of almost any time? To the record industry, imitation is the surest road to profits, even with the same artists. Those having the talent to grow and not just repeat stand out.
makes me remember Talk Talk
 Jabby wrote:

I know what you mean. Maybe it's a grow-er.

 
Speak in Rounds  = talking in circles? {#Cheesygrin}
 aaronm wrote:
The first 30 seconds of this song are absolutely outstanding. I don't think the rest of the tune quite fulfills the promise of its beginning, though.

 
I know what you mean. Maybe it's a grow-er.
The first 30 seconds of this song are absolutely outstanding. I don't think the rest of the tune quite fulfills the promise of its beginning, though.
Wow this is giving me a weird sense of feeling like I am hearing it again despite this being my first listen.
I saw these guys on TV about a month ago. Had no idea who they were when I first started viewing and then this was their second song, which I recognized. Ended up watching the whole thing which was about another 5 or 6 songs, I think. Really good band that you almost have to see what they're doing to understand how much is actually going on.


  
 Spliff wrote:
Sounds like Lindsey Buckingham - not a good thing
 
Well if it's anything like Lindsey playing the guitar, that would be a good thing for me.  I think he is a rocking guitarist and I don't even mind his singing...
I typically like GB's music, and while I like this one is "okay", I'm not wild about it. Something just doesn't fit for me.
This is a cool song with some interesting sounds.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
There was a time in about 1967 or so where every "new" band sounded like a cross between the Young Rascals and Herman's Hermits. It was a Slough of Despond, musically, Pilgrim! These guys are enmired in the same unconscious blur- trying to differentiate themselves by rearranging the minute inner details of other bands' sound. The result is .. debacle.

 
Not surprisingly, there were at least two bands named "Slough Of Despond" - I think both of them were death metal bands.  You wrote an almost identical comment in the thread for another song:

There was a similar time in about 1967 or so where every "new" band sounded like a cross between the Young Rascals and Herman's Hermits. It was a Slough of Despond, musically, Pilgrim! This gal is enmired in the same unconscious blur- trying to differentiate herself by rearranging the minute inner details of other girl singers' sounds. The result is ...boring. Too bad- she has a nice voice.

to which I had also responded:
  Bands or artists with debut albums in 1967 included Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, The Doors, David Bowie, Traffic, The Grateful Dead, Sly & The Family Stone, Vanilla Fudge, among others who did not sound like that combination you mentioned.
Love it! Heard this song at work and bought the album that very day.
 
There was a time in about 1967 or so where every "new" band sounded like a cross between the Young Rascals and Herman's Hermits. It was a Slough of Despond, musically, Pilgrim! These guys are enmired in the same unconscious blur- trying to differentiate themselves by rearranging the minute inner details of other bands' sound. The result is .. debacle.
Sounds like Lindsey Buckingham - not a good thing
Impressive musicianship. Nice groove, reminds me of Here We Go Magic (another NYC band if i'm not mistaken).
Interesting, very interesting. Will listen again 7 for now 
A bit rough around the edges but good energy, upbeat, and kind of unusual. 
 
 helgigermany wrote:
Normally i like this band, but this is awful!

 
You are wrong, obviously.
Normally i like this band, but this is awful!
These guys are stealing alot of ears, I've heard nothing but good things about their live shows....me likey.
The mix seems a little sloppy to me ... I haven't had a chance to hear this on a good pair of speakers/cans, but it sounds like a lot of low mids muddying up the mix, especially in the beginning.  Not enough to ruin the song though ... love it!
I fall for this piece, it's pretty cool!  I have to call up the cover art, and explore its colors, the make up in its lines, I so dig it... oh DJ, you are a wizard! you're doing Robin Trower now, Bridge of Sighs, magical mood music!!! 
Such a great line, "If I draw you upside down, I can't let go.  Leaves my mind at ease gives me something to focus on..."   Terrific song!  Makes me get all air guitar-y.  {#Guitarist}
Easy to get lost in this one...
I think this is the best song on Shields. Builds up a lot of tension. It was completely overlooked in the 2012 WXPN voter poll.
 xtalman wrote:
I am liking this more on each listen.  Love the drumming.
 
yep!
 xtalman wrote:
I am liking this more on each listen.  Love the drumming.
 
Second that !
I am liking this more on each listen.  Love the drumming.
I like the tension of this tune when things pick up a bit.
Really like the drumming on the big drums (?).  They provide a lot of impact... and emotion.  THe rest is just ok on the first listen. Pretty Good is the first rating.
Song of the evening.
On the 3rd or 4th listen, I am beginning to believe these guys need to learn a different cord progression and strumming pattern.  Not much differentiates this from other pieces by them on earlier recordings.  Maybe the small horn bit toward the end?
Album of the year.
I like this a lot; nice new addition to the rotation.
Doesn't seems like it strays too far off of the last album's formula on first listen, but I'd like to hear more.
...it´s likeSport Exercise..........not for me,thx.....PSD...