If we are to believe reports that this small (but conversely grand) collection of songs were initially intended for the forthcoming Grizzly Bear album then there are clearly two logical determinations one could arrive at :
1. The new Grizzly Bear album is mind-blowingly great if these songs were ‘rejected’
2. Rossen is a bit of a selfish for not letting the other guys have at these songs
But, to be honest, it don’t much matter either way, because he’s given these songs to us with this his debut solo EP (by given, I mean, in exchange for a small purchase price, naturally, but such fee is dwarfed by the songs magnificence)
Expect bittersweet melodies which are totally capable of snaking their ways into your heart.
Silent Song – like a beautiful twisted path through a woodland with rabbits and deers in it who watch you before springing away as you approach – somehow this song evokes a feeling of longing for something you can see but just can’t grasp. Beautifully frustrating.
Golden Mile – a driving waltz which sounds dramatically isolated yet at some sort of eery peace.
Saint Nothing – the piano on this song literally aches with heart-break; eventually sombre horns caress it with compassion – they’ve felt that pain beforeand they understand.