Stereogum x Amazon MP3 Friendly Deals #7: Department Of Eagles’ In Ear Park

Every week, lets us select one album from its MP3 store to go on super sale (up to 75% off normal prices). At Amazon’s request, going forward we’re going to feature recent releases instead of old albums you probably already own. Hopefully you’ll be able to add these newer must-own LPs to your library without breaking your budget. Today’s deal: Department Of Eagles’ In Ear Park.

It’s easy to paint Department Of Eagles’ In Ear Park as an alternate-lineup Grizzly Bear album: the record takes production cues from GB bassist Chris Taylor, who joins drummer Chris Bear in support of principle players Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus’s sophomore set. So, fair enough — that’s 3/4 of Bear right there. But what emerges, hazily, over Park’s 11 songs is the distinct vision of a songwriting partnership that predates its blog-beloved counterpart. Rossen and Nicolaus have been working together since releasing 2003’s Whitey On The Moon UK LP (later renamed The Cold Nose), spending the next four years sporadically assembling what would become one of 2008’s finest albums.

Take the ghostly, fantastical and fingerpicked harmonic underpinnings of the “title track” — unfolding like a Lewis Carrol story come to sound — or the retrofitted shadings of signature song “No One Does It Like You” for prime and beginning examples. But you should dig deeper into the collection — and by orchestrating this supersale we hope you will — to grasp the duo’s hypnotic sweep. There is folk that freaks, anxious instrumental arrangements, California pop with psychedelic crescendos and melancholic vocals, all fleshing out lyrics that read like a pass through a crinkled, fading childhood photo album. Next year Grizzly Bear returns with a promising and highly anticipated followup to Yellow House. And that will make two straight seasons indelibly marked by the rise of Dan Rossen as one of our finest songwriters.

We’re happy to make In Ear Park available at Amazon MP3 for the price of $3.99. You probably have it, but now you have no excuse not to. And here’s a free taste:

Department Of Eagles – “No One Does It Like You” (MP3)

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