Grizzly Bear are a New York band formed by Ed Droste at the start of the past decade. In November 2004, Kanine released their debut album, “Horn Of Plenty”, on which Christopher Bear participated - who would later become the percussionist and backing singer of the band. The record went virtually unnoticed, but a year later it generated a remix album with contributions from artists like Dntel, Efterklang, Ariel Pink and Final Fantasy. For the live shows at the time, they were joined on stage by Chris Taylor and Daniel Rossen - also a member of Department Of Eagles. Established as a four-piece and signed by Warp, in September 2006 they released “Yellow House”, recorded at the house of Ed Droste's mother. The record, like its follow-up, “Veckatimest”, is considered one of the best albums of the past decade.
In 2007 they released “Friend EP”, with cover versions by CSS, Band Of Horses, Atlas Sound and alternative versions of several tracks from “Yellow House” - including “Alligator”, with backing vocals by Dirty Projectors and Beirut. In May 2009 “Veckatimest” was released, with string arrangements by Nico Muhly and backing vocals by Victoria Legrand and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. That same year they contributed two tracks to charity compilation “Dark Was The Night”, including a collaboration with Feist. The next album is expected for 2012. In addition to Grizzly Bear, Chris Taylor releases solo work as CANT.
“Horn Of Plenty” (Kanine, 2004)
“Yellow House” (Warp Records, 2006)
“Friend” (Warp Records, 2007)
“Veckatimest” (Warp Records, 2009)