“Deep Sea Diver” - Grizzly Bear
No one can really understand why Horn of Plenty is my favorite Grizzly Bear album. I am aware that it doesn’t contain all the band, that Chris Taylor found it to be “emo,” and that Ed Droste never really meant for anyone to hear it. Despite all that, truthfully, few albums have really connected with me in the way that Horn of Plenty has.
When I first found Grizzly Bear, as a young Lauren with bad hair and turtlenecks (picture proof, you’re welcome internet) growing up in a very Christian home, I didn’t identify with having good sex (“La Duchess Anne”), requesting my lover to cum again all over me (“Fix It”) or even the album’s general mood of breakups being the worst. At the time I was looking for an escape in music and looking to find out who I was and why no one else in my high school liked Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Horn of Plenty provided me that escape and though at times the escape is definitely a little bleak I continue to seek this freedom again and again.
Much of Horn of Plenty including my chosen/favorite song above, “Deep Sea Diver” was manipulated by hand, with Droste gathering sounds from around and in his apartment. In a past interview Droste described it as, “it tells the story of a crappy break up, through found sounds like knees pressing in and out of my metal desk.” Also added to the mix were instruments including recorders and maracas that his mother, an elementary school music teacher, provided. Led by Droste’s muffled vocals, which were the result of his fear of singing, the album catapulted them into the Brooklyn spotlight, their indie folk drawing comparisons from Animal Collective to Nick Drake.
Horn of Plenty is the most personal album we’ll ever receive from Grizzly Bear. Their songwriting process would later encapsulate four members instead of just Droste and though their current material still relies on signature cryptic lyrical content, it hasn’t been as outright direct and focused around one band member since this album. “Deep Sea Diver” captures some of that signature mystery, but it’s also pretty clear that Droste wishes his ex would pay attention, “around here, I’m sad swimming and you don’t care.”
Now as an adult I can confirm that yes, breakups are in fact the worst, but the real reason I’ve come to love Horn of Plenty is because there will never be another Horn of Plenty. This may have been a bedroom experiment in indie-rock and sound, but it’s the first hint of something way bigger to come. Each listen I discover something new in the lyrics, in the hidden sounds of Droste’s apartment and in the nature of who Droste was at that time. Not everything is revealed at first, but if you take the time to listen Grizzly Bear has a lot to share.
Kerry’s favorite track: “Fix It”
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For the upcoming week, we’ll turn our attention to acclaimed Brooklyn indie rockers Grizzly Bear, and for this we’ll have a guest blogging duo for the first time!
Apart from gbg!, Lauren is a freelance writer who has contributed to Consequence of Sound and The Herald Standard, among others. She also has a personal tumblr. And Kerry is a photographer — you can check out her works on her website and her tumblr.
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GRIZZLY BEAR WANTS YOUR MERCH IDEAS!
Hi everyone, Mai Huynh who sells merch at some of Grizzly Bear’s US/EU shows contacted us and wanted us to ask what YOU (the fans) would like to see in the future of Grizzly Bear merch!
For apparel some of the options being thrown around are baseball tees, tank tops, zip up hoodies, crewneck tees… (even underwear!)
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