Don't try listening to Grizzly Bear's third album in a hurry.
Ambitious, brooding and cerebral, Veckatimest grows on you with each listen, bathing you in choirboy vocal harmonies, softly swished drums, laid-back psychedelic guitar patterns and questioning lyrics that focus on difficult negotiations with a loved one.
At times it overwhelms, like on the jazzy, folky album opener Southern Point, not because the arrangements are dense or bombastic, but because it's difficult to pinpoint what, exactly, the Brooklyn four-piece is doing. Your ears get confused. Then Two Weeks kicks in with a Beach Boys-meets-Radiohead sound that's easier to settle into thanks to cheery piano lines and glorious stacked and sweeping harmonies.
This back and forth continues throughout the album and makes for a satisfying mix of clarity and perplexity. In the indie rock game, Grizzly Bear's expansive scope is unmatched.
Top track: Two Weeks
Grizzly Bear play a sold-out Phoenix show on June 5.