Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Indie Rock Dream Team: Grizzly Bear and Victoria Legrand

Victoria Legrand and Ed Drostre do the duet thing.
(Photo courtesy youaintnopicasso.)

As I mentioned last week in my story about the Vampire Weekend show in Berkeley, “Ed Drostre, frontman of indie rock group Grizzly Bear, was spotted wearing a VIP pass and heading backstage after Beach House’s opening performance."

Victoria Legrand, the sultry singer/organist of dream pop group Beach House, has collaborated with Grizzly Bear in the past, providing background vocals for “Two Weeks,” the first single from Grizzly Bear’s breakthrough third album, Vecktimest.

“Two Weeks” was ranked at 162 on Pitchfork’s top 500 songs of the decade, describing it “as welcomingly open as it is sneakily weird.”

Here’s a video of Legrand joining Grizzly Bear onstage for a performance of “Two Weeks” in Brooklyn:

Legrand and Grizzly Bear also collaborated on the slow-burning, brooding track “Slow Life,” released on the “Twilight: New Moon” soundtrack. Who knew crappy vampire movies fostered such fantastic artistic collaborations…

Beach House will continue to tour with Vampire Weekend for the rest of the year across North America, before beginning a solo European tour.

Grizzly Bear will be performing at this month’s Bridge School Benefit and it will be their “last performance for quite some time,” as they wrap up a crazy touring schedule to head back to the studio for a follow up to Vecktimest.

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