Horn of Plenty (album)

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Horn of Plenty
Studio album by Grizzly Bear
Released November 9, 2004
Genre Indie folk, indie rock, psychedelic folk
Length 48:43
Label Kanine/Warp
Grizzly Bear chronology
Horn of Plenty
(2004)
Yellow House
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Now Magazine 4/5 stars link
Spin (B+) link
Stylus Magazine (B+) link
PlayLouder 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10) link

Horn of Plenty is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Grizzly Bear, released on November 9, 2004 on Kanine. Primarily a solo album by founding member Edward Droste, the album also features contributions from future drummer Christopher Bear. In 2006, the band released an EP, Sorry for the Delay, featuring tracks recorded during the same time period.

In 2005, a collection of remixes, Horn of Plenty (The Remixes), was released.

Background[edit]

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.[1]

In 2006, Droste noted that he and Bear:[2]

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."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Deep Sea Diver" – 4:47
  2. "Don't Ask" – 3:28
  3. "Alligator" – 1:23
  4. "Campfire" – 4:13
  5. "Shift" – 2:19
  6. "Disappearing Act" – 4:24
  7. "Fix It" – 3:47
  8. "Merge" – 2:24
  9. "A Good Place" – 3:18
  10. "Showcase" – 4:50
  11. "La Duchess Anne" – 4:20
  12. "Eavesdropping" – 3:51
  13. "Service Bell" – 2:00
  14. "This Song" – 3:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Songwriter: Edward Droste
  • Co-songwriter: Christopher Bear (6)
  • Drums: Jared Barron (4, 11)
  • Violin: Jamie Reeder: (12)
  • Artwork: Edward Droste, Jordan Mattos, Josh Faught, Patryce Bak

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grizzly Bear: Soap Opera". SPIN.com. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ at 12:11 AM (2006-09-08). "An interview with Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  3. ^ Litter, Nerd. "Chin up, cheer up: interview with Chris Bear of Grizzly Bear". nerdlitter.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 5 October 2012.