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Earlier this week, the upcoming Grizzly Bear album, Veckatimest, leaked. We gave our first-impressions of the album. While a colleague joked that the much-anticipated LP was all texture and scaffolding and no melody, we disagree! We love the album more and more with each listen no matter the bootleg’s sound quality.
Yesterday, the band responded in a blog item about the leak:
“So yeah, we are kind of bummed this leaked so early. We know it’s not the 90’s anymore and times have changed, and we’re super grateful for all the support people have shown us on the blogs and internet, but we were kind of hoping it wouldn’t happen this soon.
Ultimately we feel like we put out a great album and hope people enjoy it, and we really hope people take the time to pre-order and support the good one-and-a-half years it took to write and record it.
I promise you the album art for both CD and vinyl is going to be gorgeous. And a bonus: all vinyl people will get a high quality download coupon with their purchase.
Leaking is a tricky subject; as we all know, I’ve had my run ins with the law O__o (Hi, Mr. Sheriff!) I have conflicting opinions about it, as it’s really complicated, but ultimately it saddens me that a bummer-quality version of Veckatimest is going around. Please consider putting your energies into a pre-order or into waiting till May 26 for the album the way we intend it to be presented.
Not to get all mushy, but we definitely put a lot of love and work into this one and are just excited to hit the road and tour it again.”
The band’s singer/songwriter Ed Droste was more fun on Twitter.
Droste write on his twitter account:
“So yeah, it leaked. I’m happy people are loving it. Makes me smile! Just remember it’s not a top notch sonic example. So keep that in mind.”
In a later post, he teases with this: “You know what, screw it here’s a quality version of the album! ENJOY!!!” He then provides a link to the Insound vinyl pre-order. Ha.
Of course, Droste tries a jokey sales pitch in another post: “Going to EXTRA dazzle up album both CD/Vinyl art to make up for this early leak!!!”
Veckatimest comes out May 26.