Grizzly Bear - Shields B-Sides (EP)

180 Gram Vinyl EP + Digital Download

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Shields B-Sides is a compilation mini-album by American indie rock band Grizzly Bear, released in November 2013 by Warp Records.

The delicacy of Grizzly Bear’s music likens them more to sculptors than musicians. They craft their albums with the kind of care and patience that is easy to under-appreciate.

Intent on outdoing themselves, last album Shields was assembled with a watchmaker’s precision, with all of the shivering translucency of an ice sculpture.

So it’s no surprise that Shields: B-Sides is no different. An assortment of outtakes, demos and remixes from multiple studio sessions, B-Sides offers further evidence for Grizzly Bear’s reputation as quality control freaks. 

While it contains neither the polish nor richness usually found the band’s usual full-lengths, it’s an eminently solid addition to their catalogue.

While the remixes are relatively disposable, each is worth a listen. Conversely, the B-sides and demos range are all decent or better, and it’s interesting to mull over the permutations and combinations that could have been possible on Shields proper.

Crucially, for a release of this kind, B-Sides never feels like a desperate move or a cash grab.

The original songs found here are mostly dark, decorous and raw, embodying the frustration that likely pervaded the earlier attempts at making what would become Sheilds.

So, five tracks, two very good, three just good, and three remixes (one the download), one worth your while, and two that don’t fight to be heard by anyone other than fans of the band. This glimpse into the busy minds of an uncommonly thorough group of artists is never less than enjoyable.

Check out the tracks: “Listen And Wait” and “Will Calls”. 

This 12” EP with a digital download is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(801061722913)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Smothering Green

6:31

A2

Taken Down (Marfa Demo)

5:12

B1

Listen And Wait

3:27

B2

Everyone I Know (Marfa Demo)

2:21

B3

Will Calls (Marfa Demo)

6:51

 

 

 

 

Download

 

1

Will Calls (Marfa Demo)

6:51

2

Taken Down (Marfa Demo)

5:12

3

Listen And Wait

3:27

4

Smothering Green

6:31

5

Everyone I Know (Marfa Demo)

2:21

6

Sleeping Ute (Nicolas Jar Remix)

7:49

7

A Simple Answer (Liars Remix)

7:59

8

Gun-Shy (Lindstrom Remix)

6:56

SKU 801061722913
Record Label Warp Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number WARPLP229E
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 12 November 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 12 November 2013
Barcode # 801061722913
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition 12" Vinyl EP, 180 Gram Vinyl, 33 ⅓ RPM, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Format VINYL EP

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