TOP TRACK: “Two Weeks”
Sure, there are other albums that can compete in dreamy psych-folk category, but nothing rivals Veckatimest for flat-out sonic splendor. The record’s variation, from epic jazz-influenced shuffles like “Fine for Now” to the unmistakably grooving choral effort on “Two Weeks,” is just one of the ways Grizzly Bear ultimately separate themselves from their peers. The album’s superb production is showcased on the acclaimed second single of the album, “While You Wait for the Others,” which features the band’s now-famous jarring percussion and the harmonic vocals. Perfected in a studio in the Catskills in 2008 after the band toured with decade-greats Radiohead, it came as little surprise that the album met such wide success upon its official release, despite its widely-publicized early leak.
From wide-ranging melodies to haunting chamber pop, Grizzly Bear matured in leaps and bounds with Veckatimest, and with that growth, cemented the band’s place in the decade’s music history.
— John Luposello