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Rossen's Golden snapshot short but sweet

daniel rossen

Silent Hour/ Golden Mile

(Warp)

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Brooklyn favourites Grizzly Bear are set to release the follow-up to their much-lauded 2009 album Veckatimest later this year.

In the meantime, one of the band's main players, Daniel Rossen, offers a tantalising glimpse of what may be in store with this supremely accomplished EP of five exquisitely written tracks.

Silent Song is a meticulously arranged slice of literate, downbeat pop very much in the Elliott Smith vein, while Saint Nothing is a gorgeous avant-garde ballad whose influence is rooted in late 1960s English pop.

A myriad of instruments vie for attention and it is largely down to Rossen's judicious ear that the constituent parts meld together so seamlessly.

Like his band's best offerings, it's the small details that make this EP so worthwhile -- a delicate falsetto here, a touch of slide guitar there.

What a shame it's all over in less than 20 minutes.

Key tracks Saint Nothing; Silent Hour

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