12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

More than four years in the making (The Cold Nose was originally released in 2003), In Ear Park is the sophomore record by what is essentially a collaboration between Fred Nicolaus and Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), joined here by that band’s Chris Taylor and Chris Bear, and by bassist Nat Baldwin. Lonely-sounding pianos, whispering guitars, rattling percussion and songs that shimmer and haunt are the order of the day. Dedicated to Rossen’s recently deceased father, the songs on In Ear Park feel intimate and personal, and Rossen’s voice — a husky, warm warble — lends a very distinct touch, especially to the mournful “Phantom Other,” the twinkling “Around the Bay,” and the wistful title track. The grand piano intro and otherworldly slide guitar on “Teenagers” waltzes along with near glee, and The Beach Boys-like backup chorus and walls of reverb surrounding “No One Does It Like You” imparts a luxuriant feel without burying the song in layers.  “Waves of Rye” and “Therapy Car Noise” sound like they were pulled out of a dusty old magician’s trunk, full of atmospherics and ambient noise, while a rippling banjo carries “Balmy Night.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

More than four years in the making (The Cold Nose was originally released in 2003), In Ear Park is the sophomore record by what is essentially a collaboration between Fred Nicolaus and Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), joined here by that band’s Chris Taylor and Chris Bear, and by bassist Nat Baldwin. Lonely-sounding pianos, whispering guitars, rattling percussion and songs that shimmer and haunt are the order of the day. Dedicated to Rossen’s recently deceased father, the songs on In Ear Park feel intimate and personal, and Rossen’s voice — a husky, warm warble — lends a very distinct touch, especially to the mournful “Phantom Other,” the twinkling “Around the Bay,” and the wistful title track. The grand piano intro and otherworldly slide guitar on “Teenagers” waltzes along with near glee, and The Beach Boys-like backup chorus and walls of reverb surrounding “No One Does It Like You” imparts a luxuriant feel without burying the song in layers.  “Waves of Rye” and “Therapy Car Noise” sound like they were pulled out of a dusty old magician’s trunk, full of atmospherics and ambient noise, while a rippling banjo carries “Balmy Night.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 Ratings

Denny in Charge ,

Excellent - fantastic musicians.

Besides just being excellent songwriters, DOE has proven themselves to be paramount musicians in the indie scene, and bring a new thrill to the Brooklyn basement recording scene. The obvious singles 'No One Does It Like You', 'Teenagers', 'Phantom Order' and the title track, are well worth downloading, and if you're feeling adventurous, try out 'Therapy Car Noise' for some postmodern passion-mixing, and 'Balmy Night', which I swear I've heard before.

Or, you know, just download the whole thing.

JackHurleyN ,

Loved this album

This album was a really great listening experience. Nicolaus and Rossen come together to put down some really sweet songs - beautiful melodies, great lyrics...my ears a just full of honey. I'm so glad that my friend recommended these guys to me.

rentaballoon ,

Absolutley Brilliant

Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus have put together one of the best albums i have heard in a long time. It is not often i throw out the word great, but In Ear Park is truly great. Daniel's songwriting is at its mesmerizing best, and the whole album is an instant classic. Most likely the best album to be released this year.

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