In 2002, Ed Droste began writing and recording material under the moniker Grizzly Bear, following a painful break-up. Droste subsequently wrote and recorded Horn of Plenty, and subsequent EP, Sorry for the Delay, for "catharsis" and recorded it for friends.
wrote the songs together [...] and my recording technique was also very untrained, so I was doing a lot of really crazy things with vocals which is kinda' why they all sound so fucked up and lo-fi. Everyone was like "So, you must be a really big fan of lo-fi bands A, B, C, etc.," but actually I just didn’t know that much about microphones, and everyone thought it was this real deliberate thing. I was just totally an idiot, getting the levels all wrong, and just like lowering them in other zones and it would be really high pickup on one zone so it would be weird. I dunno', we went in there and tried to fix as much as we could because before it was even more screwed up sounding, it was crazy.
Regarding his contributions to the album, drummer and backing vocalist Christopher Bear stated, "I basically came into Grizzly Bear after [the album] was already finished. I helped Ed tie up some loose ends with Horn of Plenty, but that record was pretty much all him."