Department Of Eagles In Ear Park on 2LP
Featuring Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear) & Fred Nicolaus
Department of Eagles began in 2000, when Fred Nicolaus and Daniel Rossen became roommates at New York University. The two began making music together, collecting samples and turning them into songs using pirated software and a microphone borrowed from their neighbor Chris Taylor (who, years later, would become Daniel's bandmate in Grizzly Bear and DoE's producer/engineer).
In 2004 Daniel joined the group Grizzly Bear as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. He began touring with the band, and brought a number of songs to their critically acclaimed sophomore album Yellow House and follow-up EP Friend. Over the years, stealing time on weekends and between tours, they slowly accumulated bits and pieces, and by late 2007 an album had begun taking shape. In December of that year, Department of Eagles began work on its second album, In Ear Park. Taylor acted as producer/engineer and also played electric bass and horns. Chris Bear, Grizzly Bear's drummer, also contributed heavily to the album.
Originally issued in 2008, In Ear Park is a colorful and expansive album, an intimate and personal collection of songs; much of the material that Rossen brought to In Ear Park draws on memories from his childhood, especially those relating to his father, who passed away in 2007 and to whom the album is dedicated. Many of Fred's contributions relate to similar themes of nostalgia and mortality, giving the album at times an elegiac feel. Ear Park is full of intimate moments, lush production and concise songwriting.