New Grizzly Bear (Feat. Dirty Projectors & Beirut) – “Alligator (Choir Version)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Folks rolled up their sleeves ‘n’ split into camps for Feist’s made-for Late Night choir. OK, maybe those outfits were a bit much, but it’s gonna be difficult griping about this bouyant remake of “Alligator” from Grizzly Bear’s quiet-is-the-new-loud 2004 debut Horn Of Plenty (that’s right, they had the name before the National!). Increasing the original minute-and-a-half sliver into five minutes and change of stunning, cloud-lined harmonies, the Grizzly boys are joined by Zach Condon and Dirty Projectors, soaring through the roof. Sweet, epic beauty with an off-the-charts final crescendo and well-played anticlimax to brass swell and drifting exit. Sorry if we’re drooling — but it’s that good.

This bigger ‘n’ better “Alligator” comes from Friend, a new 10-track collection of new material, covers, collaborations, and “reworked & re-recorded” material. Trust us, we know it can be hard comparing/contrasting different versions of old/new tunes, so take a listen to both “Alligator”s. Start with the new…

Grizzly Bear (Feat. Dirty Projectors & Beirut) – “Alligator (Choir Version)”

And move to the old…

Grizzly Bear – “Alligator”

You remember Horn Of Plenty (The Remixes) from way back in 2005? Well, “Alligator” was the one song not repped, so how about tossing this newbie in there somewhere? Anyway, we’ll have to wait ’til Warp unleashes the Friend EP on 11/6 to dig more, but in the meantime check the intriguing parentheticals.

01 “Alligator (Choir Version)” (Feat. Dirty Projectors & Beirut)
02 “He Hit Me” (Crystals cover)
03 “Little Brother” (Electric)
04 “Shift” (Alternate Version)
05 “Plans” (Terrible vs. Nonhorse: Sounds Edit)
06 “Granny Diner”
07 “Knife” (as covered by CSS)
08 “Plans” (as covered by Band of Horses)
09 “Knife” (as covered by Atlas Sound)
10 “Deep Blue Sea” (Daniel Rossen Home Recording)

And, if all of that wasn’t dizzying enough, the Grizzlies are about to embark on one more jaunt of the states, ostensibly in support of their new Friend (but you know you’re gonna get some Yellow House love in there). Not to be missed; believe it or not, they’re getting better still.

09/14 ? Austin, TX @ Club Deville (Hot Freaks party)
09/15 ? San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
09/18 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street***
09/19 – Buffalo, NY @ Traif Music Hall***
09/20 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Mod Club***
09/21 – London, Ontario @ Lola Festival
09/22 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Christ Church Cathedral***
09/23 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground***
10/05 – Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal/Ukrainian Foundation
10/08 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladies Literary Club***
10/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater***
10/10 – Chicago, IL @ Park West***
10/11 – Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center at Ohio State***
10/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum***
10/13 – Baltimore, MD @ 2640 Space at St. John’s Church***
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary***
10/18 – Reykjavik, Iceland @ Reykjavik Art Gallery
***w/ Beach House
^w/ Deerhunter

The Friendly cover…