Department of Eagles: Archive 2003 - 2006 (Bella Union)

 |   |  <1 min read

Department of Eagles: Golden Apples
Department of Eagles: Archive 2003 - 2006 (Bella Union)

Department of Eagles became the vehicle for Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus to get their staccato sonic'n'sample experiments and increasingly dreamy pop into the wider world from their university dorm in New York. Initially they were called Whitey on the Moon, then Dept of Eagles . . . and later Rossen became the mainman in the already extant Grizzly Bear.

The Eagles still play/record and their cleverly arranged alt.folk-pop owes a little to the Beach Boys' harmonies and McCartney melodicism in places -- but this collection goes right back to their origins and collects some previously unreleased material recorded in NYU practice rooms.

Nicolaus writes the clear, concise and interesting liner notes and anyone who has been seduced by Grizzly Bear's delightful Veckatimest (see here) or heard more recent Department of Eagles material will need no second invitation here.

Gentle, seductive, lo-fi, disarming. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Arbouretum: Song of the Pearl (Thrill Jockey)

Arbouretum: Song of the Pearl (Thrill Jockey)

Although this album was released almost a year ago Stateside it has only just appeared here -- but its collision of electric Neil Young, heavy strum Anglofolk and indie.rock should see it find a... > Read more

Various Artists: Womad New Zealand Sounds of the Planet 2010

Various Artists: Womad New Zealand Sounds of the Planet 2010

Here is the official 14 track compilation of artists at the 2010 Womad in Taranaki (March 12-14) and includes the exotic oud-folk-pop of Kamel el Harrachi, alt-world by Calexico, Ethiopian singer... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . VERNON DALHART: Are you ready for the country?

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . VERNON DALHART: Are you ready for the country?

While it's not uncommon to hear people speak of some kind of "parallel universe" where another and different version of ourselves might exist, few would actually believe it exists.... > Read more

THE MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM AWARDS (2017): Hats off to those behind the scenes

THE MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM AWARDS (2017): Hats off to those behind the scenes

This time a year ago Elsewhere interviewed Teresa Paterson about the work of the Music Managers Forum, an industry organisation of people dedicated to improving the professionalism of music... > Read more