Released: Jul 2010
Label: American Dust
Like Daniel Rossen's other group, Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles have progressed from a bare-bones folktronica experiment to a full-fledged indie-pop band. Rossen and bandmate Fred Nicolaus' growth is tracked on this collection of previously unreleased material recorded between their debut The Cold Nose and 2008's exceptional In Ear Park. The five "Practice Room Sketches" offer a minimalist glimpse into the early stages of a song. The highlights, though, are worthy of single status: the McCartney-esque "Brightest Minds" and standout "While We're Young."