‘Grizzly Bird? You sure it’s not Grizzly Bear?’ That was my initial thought when Hans got in touch to talk about his musical adventure with the band. I mentioned it to him off-air.
“Well at least I don’t have to live by the Han Solo pun anymore,” says Hans, referencing his previous artist name. But has much changed beyond the name?
“I would not say so, but that is intentional. Grizzly Bird still reflects this kind of folk, rock, pop sentiment, with some experimentation thrown in too.”
The music of Grizzly Bird is hard to pin down (so much so that the latest press writer declared it ‘multi-genre’, which is either genius or lazy from the professional writer). But despite its genre blending, it is not hard to access, thanks to smooth storytelling, angelic vocals, and a wonderfully, wide sound combining drums with violins, horns, guitars, and more.
In this episode, Hans and I talk about musical ambitions, the difficulty of promoting music today, and how animals can teach us a thing or two about the world.
Also, a small preview: the latest album from the band is the sublime, sensitive Empathy. There will be a full review of that coming out soon.
Also in this episode
I’ve been consuming music at a rather alarming rate recently (no, toilet listening is not on the agenda) so have so many recommendations.
Jim James’ new album was different, and alright, but in this episode I focus on two recent stunners: You Deserve Love by White Reaper, and Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten. (Yes, I know I am late to the party on the latter.) Both of these albums have a distinct eighties sound, which is by no means a bad thing, so definitely give them a listen (some track picks are below).