‘In Ear Park’ by Department of Eagles

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No One Does It Like You by Department of Eagles

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Waves of Rye by Department of Eagles

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Teenagers by Department of Eagles

I’ve been obsessively listening to the new album from Department of Eagles, In Ear Park, since Sunday, and I can definitely say that it’s one of the best this year. Department of Eagles is the side band of Grizzly Bear singer/songwriter Dan Rossen, a band that was actually started in 2000 along with his NYU buddy Fred Nicolaus. They’re original album was a bit all over the place, a bit noisy (though I did include a song from it on my mix Deep Blue Sea), but this new one couldn’t be more pristine and focused.

The album is similar in tone to a Grizzly Bear album, but less folky and less epic, not that that’s a bad thing. It’s a very intimate record, with tinges of Paul Simon maybe, and definitely an entire track that’s basically a Van Dyke Park love-fest called Teenagers. If the new Grizzly Bear sounds even half as good as this album, we’re all in for a real treat.

In Ear Park comes out October 7th, and you can preorder it here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 26, 2008 / By

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