All We Ask
Label: Warp Records
Veckatimest will linger in your head; it will beautify the landscape around you before haunting your dreams and urging you to listen again. Grizzly Bear's 2009 breakthrough album has a battle of good and evil at its core: the multipart harmonies have choir-boy grace, while swells of piano, woodwinds, strings and tribal beats burst with devilish glee. Sunny waltzes reveal elusive confessions, as dark dirges mask innocent pleas. "Two Weeks," "Ready, Able" and "While You Wait for the Others" are essential, but you won't be truly spooked and stirred without listening to the rest.