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In Ear Park is a colorful and expansive album, an intimate and personal collection of songs; much of the material that Daniel brought to In Ear Park draws on memories from his childhood, especially those relating to his father, who passed away in 2007 and to whom the album is dedicated (the title track is a nickname for a park in Los Angeles that the two used to visit). Many of Fred's contributions relate to similar themes of nostalgia and mortality, giving the album at times an elegiac feel. In Ear Park is also full of joyful moments, lush production and concise songwriting. From the early demos to the final mix, it took roughly four years for the group to complete this new collection of eleven songs.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In Ear Park
  2. No One Does It
  3. Phantom Other
  4. Teenagers
  5. Around The Bay
  6. Herring Bone
  7. Classical Records
  8. Waves Of Rye
  9. Therapy Car Noise
  10. Floating On The Lehigh
  11. Balmy Night


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B001BL8J1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Smith on December 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Memories are ghosts. We try to ignore their existence as we struggle blindly into the future. We have our grown-up hopes and ambitions, our schedules and attentions as maxed out as our credit cards until that moment when our memories are summoned up to haunt us again without warning. The incantations are quick and simple; a cup of coffee in a dark blue cup, the pealing dashboard or a dusty Oldsmobile, a child's voice singing to himself down a wooden hallway, and suddenly there is another presence in our minds. We are drawn back into our past as if in a dream. And it's in these woozy half formed memories that we find The Department of Eagles relaxing on their guitars and drums waiting to soundtrack our journey. Because memories are ghosts and the Department of Eagles are a band of ghosts. In Ear Park plays like the mysterious sonnet from a band chained to songs that relive a past full of joy, sincerity, love, honor and hope that they cannot help but see, hear, smell, taste, and always feel. But they paint into the landscape of the songs the same pain, uncertainty, insecurity and regret of people who, like any of us, can never again touch or change their past. They are cemented to it, chained to it, and this is their story.
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If you're here, chances are you like Grozzly Bear. This cd is great, must have for Grizzly Bear fans. Moody, atmospheric, indie, good song writing. One of my favorites drone them, I hope they come out with more
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Department of Eagles has created a sonic wonderland on their first official release. Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear) and Fred Nicolaus comprise the group and have honed their skills on these songs that they have previously been playing for a select audience. Dedicated to Rossen's late father, `In Ear Park' is hardly a record immersed in mourning. Creatively and thematically, the record is all over the map. Each song unravels more aural treats after each listen. `In Ear Park' is at times woozy and shambolic; Department of Eagles create mini symphonies in their pop music setting.

Taking stylistic note from Van Dyke Parks' production sound, the album sounds cinematic and dreamy as most songs are coated with a gauzy film. "No One Does It Like You" is a strong contender for stand out track because of the catchy 60's melody prominently displayed in a glorious wall of sound. "Teenagers" sounds like a long lost 78 with its circus-like melody and handclapped percussion. "Floating on the Lehigh" has a tide like melody it ebbs and recedes. `In Ear Park' is an album that rewards again and again.
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While Grizzly Bear has been generating quite a stir, this album appears to have, for the most part, slipped right past the radar. At least, this was the case for me. I picked up this album recently and was impressed with the ability of these two artists to layer simple sounds to create a complex arrangement. I think that most of these songs are best in the context of the album as a whole, in other words the one thing this album doesn't really have is many "hit" songs . That is not to say it is completely void of them however. The track "No One Does It Like You" is particularly good with some catchy hooks. Neither is the lack of hits a bad thing. Albums like this one are best appreciated when you can sit down and devote 3/4 of an hour to listening to the whole thing.
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These two fellas are damn good at what they do in this album. If you like Grizzly Bear (and Dan Rossen's voice), you will surely enjoy this LP. Definitely worth the buy. Fantastically mixed and produced
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I only recently discovered Grizzly Bear on my local community radio station. I fell in love with Veckatimest and thought I'd explore In Ear Park after sampling a few songs off it. Now there is a competition between the two for more attention. I would highly recommend anyone who enjoyed the last Grizzly Bear would most likely enjoy the Department of Eagles In Ear Park.
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It's one of the best albums I've heard in years. A cross between Beirut and Radiohead. Every song is spectacular. Masterpiece.
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As one of the few people to know or care about Department of Eagles, Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus worked as a band before Daniel went on to Grizzly Bear. Their first album was a mash up of electronic beats and pop, but lacked the structure and cohesion to really stand out. The complete opposite is true for In Ear Park. Taking some of the best influences of Grizzly Bear, and abandoning much of the electronic funk from their first album, they've crafted a beautiful and richly textured work.

While comparisons to Grizzly Bear are obvious, this isn't a bad thing, as Grizzly Bear is an excellent band. Rather, this album is a slightly more focused effort by the pair. While several members of Grizzly Bear helped out on this project, it's very clear that Rossen and Nicolaus are in control of the resulting sound.

And sound it does. From the bizarre, yet danceable No One Does It, to the softer, prettier In Ear Park, Phantom Other and Balmy Night, there's a clear focus on layered melodies and instruments, resulting in some unique and beautiful songs. While the album does occasionally veer into the obscure (Classical Records) it's hard to find much fault with it. For sonic experimentation done right, I recommend In Ear Park.
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