I’m gonna take a stab at this (in no particular order, because this is already brutal):
Deep Sea Diver – the first few chords from the first Grizzly Bear album I heard let me know I was in good hands
Showcase – love how kaleidoscopic this gets; they worked up a great live version years later :)
Disappearing Act – this song always felt like a night hike to me and I think Chris Bear has songwriting credit on it, if I remember correctly
On A Neck, On A Spit – this was when I really started to appreciate how much Dan was contributing to the band
Colorado – epic panorama
Ready, Able – the ending is so haunting (also insanely cool video)
Plans – so great and off-kilter; the whistling pleasantly reminds me of Back in Judy’s Jungle
Yet Again – this one just moves so nicely; I love Sleeping Ute, but all the guys are shining so brightly here and you can really appreciate just how great they’ve become
Sun In Your Eyes – when Grizzly Bear aim for rapture, nobody’s getting left behind
Owner of A Lonely Heart – I met this dude and he told me to check out his music on the internet. I knew I liked his style when I heard this hazy Yes cover.
Grizzly Bear write some hooky songs, but the hooks are often just the beginning. Deep listening reveals all kinds of beautiful details and shifting textures. This one is a prime example- it just keeps opening up until it explodes in a glorious squall. Chris Bear is all over this beat- good Lord (and bringing back some of that Little Brother whip-crack sound)! Guitars just seem to streak through, gloriously. Ed sounds so expressive and commanding, with some nice, subtle harmonies layered in. And the bass on the chorus is almost subliminally deep, holding everything in place. This band inspires an almost embarrassing amount of gushing (definitely from me), but they make gorgeous music. Gotta give it up!
These guys just keep getting better, which is insane because they were always so good. This song makes me want to dance like a leaf in the wind. Ed’s voice! The guitars! Everything!