this photo is so grizzly bear... and kinda gay.
In one of the most gorgeous musical moments of 2009, Grizzly Bear left the closeted soncraft that was responsible for "Knife," and opened up lyrically for the first time. On "Knife," Ed Droste sings, "I want you to know/When I look in your eyes/With every blow/Comes another lie" only to be followed by a repeating string of "you think it's alright" and "can you feel the knife?"
"While You Wait For The Others" gave the guys a chance to elaborate: "while you wait for the others/to make it all worthwhile/all your useless pretensions/are weighing on my time/you could beg for forgiveness/as long as you like/or just wait out the evening/and always ask me why/yes you'll only leave me dry/so ill ask you kindly to make your way" — then hits the gorgeous chorus that makes you forget what this song is really about.
A few days ago on Twitter, I tweeted about the irony that a song made beautiful by encompassing "oohs" and "aahs" and subtle, but empowering instrumentation — is about a breakup. A polite one at that. So now I just have one question — have we just found the best way to break up with someone? Get one of these mixtape flash usb drives and upload "While You Wait For The Others" 10 times. Anywho, listen to the song.