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In Ear Park by Department of Eagles
Released: Oct 2008
Label: 4ad
"In Aural Ecstasy" would better describe this magical mix of Sgt. Pepper meets Van Dyke Parks, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty and some of the best '00s indie rock. Department of Eagles could easily play friendly with their astute contemporaries of the animal named kind: Hopping on and off their merry-go-round of folk, rock and pop are warbling layers of echoes and sound bytes reminiscent of Animal Collective; woodwinds, whistles and playful double bass a la Caribou and haunting harmonies and twinkling acoustic guitars resembling Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear (member Daniel Rossen's other band).
Stephanie Benson
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