New Department Of Eagles – “In Ear Park”

Last April we got an unexpected and entirely welcome glimpse at the then-dormant Dan Rossen project Department Of Eagles, when Rossen’s songwriting partner and fellow Eagle departmentalist Fred Nicolaus sent us a track as sweet, sweet reminder that D.O.E. were still a BTW. Since then Dan’s day job, Grizzly Bear, and their Yellow House LP received third, fourth, and fifth winds, making the fact that Dan found time to finish the long awaited follow-up to the Eagles’ Whitey On The Moon UK rather impressive. Although OK, when are we not impressed by the guy.

Or any of the Grizzlies, for that matter — despite the rush of action and opportunities that pull them into frequent headlines during this their time between press cycles for Grizzly LPs, they’re keeping very honest and very busy in building a scene and furthering their sound: we saw Dan and Chris Bear join bassist-Bear and burgeoning producer extraordinaire Chris Taylor (he who killed it on Dirty Projectors’ Rise Above) for BTW Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson’s solid self-titled release, and here the trio continue to collaborate during their vacay days, bringing Fred in to make the Department Of Eagles album a reality. “In Ear Park” is no less Rossen-ized than was “Nobody Does It Like You,” and hearing the chord choices and fantastical harmonic elements that underlie this track’s verse sections, like Lewis Carroll come to sound, is both an interesting peek at how the Grizzly Bear sound takes its shape and a pretty, gripping track in its own right.

Department Of Eagles – “In Ear Park” (MP3)

Department Of Eagles will have their In Ear Park record out out 10/7 via 4AD. And reminder: Grizzly Bear will perform the Ed Droste & Chris Bear penned “Two Weeks” for Letterman on July 23rd.

In Ear Park in your ear:

01 “In Ear Park”
02 “No One Does It”
03 “Phantom Other”
04 “Teenagers”
05 “Around The Bay”
06 “Herring Bone”
07 “Classical Records”
08 “Waves Of Rye”
09 “Interlude”
10 “Floating On The Lehigh”
11 “Balmy Night”

[Photo by Amelia Bauer]