‘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

7 Comments ‘In Ear Park’ by Department of Eagles

  1. Rob McDougall September 26, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    Completely forgot this was coming out! – cheers for the reminder !

    P.S. you missed the D off your Department of Eagles link ;)

  2. Burcu September 26, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Thanks for the reminder!! After listening to your mix that had Sailing By Night on it, I was hooked.

  3. christopher bird September 26, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    i am a huge fan of grizzly bear… but not so much into this. no one does it like you is fantastic, but the rest are immediately forgettable for me. grizzly bear’s yellow house was one of the best albums EVER recorded.

  4. Evan Payne September 26, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Hey Bobby,

    I’m not sure if you caught this band or not, but I think you’d dig them if you dig Grizzly bear and D of E:
    The Acorn.

    Its a bit folksy, but I totally dig it. here’s a link to my favorite track… http://octember.net/?p=103

    Thanks for sharing, sir.

  5. felipe September 29, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    very awsome

    I think grizzly bears new album is going to be different tho I cant wait

  6. Chris W September 30, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Who shot their album cover?

  7. Rob McDougall October 23, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    been listening to this all week. No One Does It Like You is stuck on repeat in my head…

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