It is feasible that, since the release of their deservedly beloved Veckatimest, no one does not like Grizzly Bear. You could play them for your smelly calculus professor who only listens to Brahms, the dude who sold you that sweet riding lawnmower at a tag sale jamming Collective Soul b-sides, your tiny little nephew who only likes Destiny's Child tracks from when they were a four piece and whose mom dubiously puts up YouTube videos of him dancing to "Bills Bills Bills." All of these people are like, "Ah pleasant folk with a hint of eccentric percussion and peppy melody." But "Colorado," a track we've pledged our allegiance to before, is a bit different than the church harmonies of the current Grizz, more centered on Ed Droste's lost plea of What now?. For Warp20, the anniversary box set celebrating the label's history as a behemoth, features many of their artists covering or reinterpreting each other. Pivot, a newer Warp signing who make a hefty electronic rock, stay fairly faithful to the track, though keeping the vocal less obscure and adding a number of what can only described as bloops. The song—and Pivot and Grizzly Bear's involvement—is a testament to the house that Warp built, a melding of genre, country and status.
Photographer Jason Nocito
September 29, 2009