Review: Grizzly Bear End Hibernation and Engage the Pop Moment
A Steely Dan for Generation Xanax, Grizzly Bearhave been hibernating since 2012’s intricately magnificent Shields, andtheir latest greets a new world, pop and otherwise. The sound is still ornate –on “Glass Hillside,” nylon-string embroidery melts into gildedchoirs, with oddball melodies recalling Brit proggers Soft Machine. Elsewhere,simple cybernetic beats and synths dominate. The band engages the moment coyly.With Chris Taylor conjuring a bedsheet pyre in his most sumptuous choir boy-lovermanvoice, the avant-soul plaint “Systole” might fit nicely into aSolange or FKA Twigs set list.