ALARM’s 50 (+5) Favorite Songs of 2012

Grizzly Bear: ShieldsGrizzly Bear: “Sleeping Ute” from Shields (Warp, 9/18/12)

Grizzly Bear: “Sleeping Ute”

Three years after Grizzly Bear became a mainstay of artsy indie rock with its breakthrough effort, Veckatimest, the Brooklyn outfit concocted another beautiful and haunting album. Opener “Sleeping Ute” is a mini-masterpiece unto itself, showcasing the album’s range and multitude of forms as bubbling synth arpeggios and acoustic finger-picking accent a powerful pop structure.

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