In July 2021, Warped Records reissued Grizzly Bear's sophomore album, Yellow House, in celebration of the album's 15th anniversary. The album scaled through charts during its initial release, landing among the top ranks for albums on Pitchfork and The New York Times. During the album’s initial release, Stereogum noted, “It’s one of those more timeless works, the ones that years down the line may linger and appear as if they could’ve come from any handful of eras at once.” Indeed, even 15 years after the band unveiled the album, it continues to exist as a contemporary piece.
Sifting through Yellow House’s tracklist, the band touts an overwhelmingly broad sonic range, cusping listeners in their hands to bring forth an atmosphere that borders between experimental sound and folk-rock. The grandeur of each band member’s instrument in tandem with the unending layer of vocals through each song permeates from the past into the present, introducing a lively breath of uninhibited sound.
Grizzly Bear released their fourth album Shields in 2012, an equally influential album met with positive reception. Released after Veckatimest, the album that propelled them into the indie spotlight, Shields further solidified their reign over striking melodies and lyrics that swell through an endless passage of emotions via an atmospheric barrage of sounds. The band continues to satisfy with their boundless range, hitting high and low tempos to complement any mood with a cohesive blend of songs.
Shortly after releasing Shields, the band followed up with Shields: B-Sides to complement the album. The B-Sides version includes music from the same recording sessions that brought about the original album, including remixes from artists like Nicolas Jaar, Liars and Lindstrøm.