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Boomkat Product Review:
These experimental Brooklynites tend to get mentioned in the same breath as Animal Collective, Akron/Family or Yeasayer as bastions of experimentation within the American rock scene. This EP (totalling around three-quarters of an hour) is a bit of an odds 'n' ends compendium, drawing on alternate versions of tracks and covers. By covers, I don't simply mean Grizzly Bear playing other people's songs (they do in fact take on the Carole King and Gerry Goffin-penned 'He Hit Me', originally recorded by The Crystals under Phil Spector's supervision) but also their indie pals covering Grizzly Bear originals. CSS give a rendition of 'Knife', which is delivered with a crisp electronic arrangement and an unusually diligent, even serious showing from Lovefoxxx. The same song is tackled by Atlas Sound aka Deerhunter's Brandon Cox, who sends the song into a kind of psychedelic, space rock trajectory with some loopy digitisations thrown into the measure. Very strange, but highly inventive stuff, as you'd expect. Nonhorse of The Vanishing Voice weighs in with some tape splicing and noise cut-ups on 'Plans' which is given a very different reading by Band Of Horses, who do a very fine job indeed, using immaculate vocal harmonies, honky tonk piano and banjo alongside an offsetting fuzz drone. There are an awful lot of good things to be said of this so-called 'EP' - I haven't even mentioned that Beirut's Zach Condon helps out on the outstanding 'Alligator (Choir Version)' - and fans of the band, or weirdo American rock 'n' roll in general will want to get acquainted with it without delay.