Grizzly Bear - Shields
Same as before, but with less oomph, more fuzz and fewer tunes
If you know the woozy psych-indie sound of Grizzly Bear’s Yellow House and Veckatimest albums, and can imagine it with less oomph, more fuzz and fewer tunes, you’ve got Shields pegged. The same sounds resurface again and again: the shimmering strings, those arpeggiated, chiming keys, the multi-part choirboy harmonies – and that undulating guitar line in second track ‘Speak in Rounds’ is lifted almost wholesale from Veckatimest opener ‘Southern Point’.
The problem with this record is that it undulates, but never stimulates. It’s perfectly pleasant on the ear, but there’s nothing to grab the attention, either lyrically or musically, and it’s very much the sound of a band resting on their jangly, psychedelic laurels.