Single Review – Grizzly Bear – Neighbours

In the build up to upcoming album Painted Ruins, Grizzly Bear put out new single Neighbours, which seemingly nods to wavelengths similar to that of singles past. The lyrics are a sad contemplation of the aftermath of a relationship, which is somewhat dimmed by the outwardly up beat instrumentalism. Carried by ever-present percussion, the song journeys through soft acoustic riffs rivalled with harsh guitar distortions, stirring harmonies and mellow orchestral notes. The technique is excellent, but with dark lyrics – like “face to face/we’ll watch our bodies break” – it doesn’t really fit the feel of the song, together with the fact the huge mix of instruments and styles make the track feel a bit busy and overwhelming. I get a few mixed messages from this one, but one thing remains clear; Two Weeks is still their number one song.

Eleanor Chivers

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