Track-by-Track Review of Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest



Seems like I mostly experience this album as “really funny.” Not sure what effect this album would have on me if I were severely depressed. Seems like an album I might feel extreme, toneless aversion toward in times of loneliness or depression.

1. SOUTHERN POINT

Sounds “freaking funny” to me for some reason. Seems like I should be eating powdered doughnuts if I’m listening to this song. Seems like a possible anthem for overweight people, but one that would cause everyone involved, even those who initially supported the idea, to feel unsarcastically averse toward themselves for “what they’ve become involved with.” Grinning right now while listening to it.

2. TWO WEEKS

I imagine someone “breaking out” into this song after returning from an “insane” lobster-catching trip in Alaska.

3. ALL WE ASK

Sounds “really comical.” Seems like the unseemly product of the world’s 14 “most promising” child prodigies, ages 5 to 8, who’ve been asked to work together for 8 days to “create a song people will like today.”

4. FINE FOR NOW

Seems “humorous” but in a serious manner. Like how some situations are serious but become funny in retrospect. I imagine people getting angry at me for thinking this is funny. Then apologizing for getting angry at me. Then feeling even angrier due to now also resenting me for causing them to apologize for something they don’t feel like they should have to apologize for.

5. CHEERLEADER

Seems “really hard” for me not to imagine myself moving in an intensely robot-like manner while listening to this song. Seems like the perfect song for robots. A music video for this could be an unmoving shot of a toaster on a table. Seems like it would be impossible to not imagine the toaster “dancing.”

6. DORY

First thoughts: “so funny…for some reason…” Just thought “jesus…” at ~40 seconds. Just thought “so fucked up…” in a somewhat earnest manner. Seems like I want to laugh, but I feel afraid, or something. Seems like it would be complicatedly scary, in a manner that it would seem “horrifying,” maybe, if this suddenly began playing at the part in The Sixth Sense where it shows dead people “hanging” in rafters.

7. READY, ABLE

Sounds like a song Adam Sandler thinks exists only in his head and spends $40,000, over 11 years and 6 psychologists, to successful repress. One night he hears it on the radio while in his car at a Taco Bell drive-thru. Depending on the director he then either stares ahead with a neutral facial expression or screams extremely loudly as the camera “pulls back,” showing the entire city block, then city, then state, then Earth. Seems like this scenario would work equally effectively if it happened in a Charlie Kaufman movie, a Ron Howard movie, or Adam Sandler’s actual life.

8. ABOUT FACE

Seems “chill” so far. Feeling myself “waiting for this song to begin.” Feeling myself accepting that, based on how I’ve initially interpreted this song, it probably won’t ever begin. Am now focused on [what seems to be “nothing”].

9. HOLD STILL

Seems like I’m fixated on weakly considering if this album “should” have only 10 songs. The other 2 songs could be put on an EP or be “saved” for compilations.

10. WHILE YOU WAIT FOR THE OTHERS

Imagining myself waking at 4:30AM to this song being played “extremely loudly” in my room with no discernible source. Imagining myself “screaming as I have never screamed before” while feeling 100% focused on being amused at what I’m doing.

11. I LIVE WITH YOU

Feels like I’m a butterfly “fluttering around” the foreground of a tiny waterfall in the first animated/silent-movie from Disney.

12. FOREGROUND

Sounds like a song I “absentmindedly” made the “first draft” of on Garageband in 2008 late one night while in an extended parodic mood after pouring ~3oz Agave Nectar from the bottle into my mouth “for something to do.” TC mark

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  • Rush Hour 1-3 Blu Ray

    damn tao. i mean….damn :-)

    show your 'reader of depressing books' side every now and then too

    • Surrendertostrangeness

      seems like a shitty thing to say

  • http://wayindie.blogspot.com/ kelly huckaby

    this was fucking funny, the two weeks one made me chuckle.

    you've ruined this album for me, but also made it fun to listen to again.

    • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

      sweet

  • http://www.facebook.com/wingedthing Leigh Alexander

    bro… bro…

    • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

      bro…

  • http://twitter.com/charlesmj thom

    damn

  • http://blog.cheetahdeals.com CheetahDeals Blog

    hah!!

    • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

      lol

  • http://twitter.com/DMULLOL dee-bo

    lolol

    • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

      lol

  • http://tomhankssuperfan.blogspot.com megan boyle

    lol

    adam sandler, nice…

    • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

      adam ass sandler

      ass sandler

      seems like cave-dwelling form of undesirable snail

  • richardchiem

    lol

    THE SIXTH SENSE part was especially funny.

    • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

      sweet

  • http://twitter.com/MissKimball misskimball

    sounds a bit like gallon drunk if you play all the songs at the same time.

  • deschoses

    skeptical about the direction of TC

  • Chillwave Gonzales

    Tao is a chillwave bro.

  • PT

    You really are very cynical, and way too “””””self aware”””””. Can't you ever just be sincere? The writing on TC that doesn't try to be ultra ironic is so much better.

  • paul

    I had a frown on for the entire time you spent laughing at one of my favourite albums, but at least you found Dory as scary as I do.

    • jean

      I agree, Dory is scary, I always 'skip'

  • http://twitter.com/synthetictrees André Gooren

    looking forward to more album reviews by tao lin. seems highly marketable.

  • Albert Camus

    i like the idea of a song that one thinks exists only in his/her head… seems scary and realistic

    found the review for two weeks hilarious

  • Fight Club

    sounds like they're on ambien, for sure.

    • Fight Club

      not to say they aren't qualified musicians..

  • This Heat

    this is one of the worst hro posts I've ever seen

  • Ben

    Review of the review:

    I mostly found it to be “really funny.” Particularly in the wake of all the 11/10 reviews this thing got wheneverthefuckitwas. Furthermore, I do feel as though most of your observations are true. Quality work!

  • http://somuchtocome.blogspot.com Aja

    Ready and Able is the 2nd song on my top25. Guess Adam Sandler isn't the only one with it stuck in his head. But I think it's one of the most beautiful songs. I can't listen to it without swaying my head.

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