Starting off our countdown to Firefly series is the band Grizzly Bear. A breezy Brooklyn based outfit, Grizzly Bear crafts songs perfect for daydreaming, relaxing and drifting away. The songs are so easy on the ears and peaceful to listen to that you may find yourself drifting off. Not to suggest they are boring, but I was so relaxed while listening to them I felt as though I could take a blissful nap if not at work. Starting out as a solo side project for lead singer Edward Droste in 2002, the band evolved to include drummer Christopher Bear, bass player/producer Chris Taylor and guitarist/vocalist Daniel Rossen. Releases in 2006 Yellow House and 2008 Veckatimest brought the band increased recognition, punctuated by opening for Radiohead on their 2008 North American tour. During the tour, guitarist Jonny Greenwood gushed about Grizzly Bear, referring to them as his “favorite band.” One can hear influences of Radiohead in their work, the experimental nature of their songs and consistency of their rhythm feels like something from Kid A with a folksy twist. Grizzly Bear uses more vocal harmonies in an almost instrumental way in lieu of real lyrics and a verse, chorus song structure. I am curious how their sound will translate at the festival as it is outdoors. Hopefully their acoustics carry well and everyone can enjoy their blissful lullaby’s. Here’s my favorite track of theirs that I’ve heard so far below. Enjoy!