Sleeping Ute (song)

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"Sleeping Ute"
Sleeping Ute (Front Cover).png
Single by Grizzly Bear
from the album Shields
ReleasedJune 5, 2012
FormatDigital download
RecordedMarfa, Texas, 2011
GenreIndie rock, art rock, progressive rock, experimental rock, folk rock, indie folk
Songwriter(s)Ed Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor, Christopher Bear
Producer(s)Chris Taylor
Grizzly Bear singles chronology
"While You Wait for the Others"
"Sleeping Ute"
"Yet Again"

"Sleeping Ute" is a song by American indie rock band Grizzly Bear, and the first single from the band's fourth studio album, Shields (2012). The song features lead vocals by guitarist Daniel Rossen.[1][2][3]

Background and recording[edit]

Along with Shields' (2012) second single, "Yet Again", "Sleeping Ute" was recorded during the band's initial recording sessions in Marfa, Texas. Vocalist and guitarist Daniel Rossen stated, "["Sleeping Ute"] was actually the oldest track in terms of when the song was written, and it's one of the only songs on the record that I wrote alone before coming to the band with it. That and "Yet Again" are the two songs that were done kind of separately from the band, a long time ago. "Ute" was one of the first songs we put down that we felt really good about."[4]

Bassist and producer Chris Taylor stated, "I wanted the track to really open up in a way that felt very unhinged, like anything was possible. It's just one of those things: the myopic, to the kaleidoscopic, to the explosive."[4]


  1. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (June 5, 2012). "Grizzly Bear: "Sleeping Ute"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Martin, Rick (June 12, 2012). "Grizzly Bear - 'Sleeping Ute'". NME. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Hermes, Will (June 15, 2012). "Grizzly Bear: "Sleeping Ute"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Richardson, Mark. "Interviews: Grizzly Bear". Retrieved 3 October 2012.