119. Department of Eagles - ‘In Ear Park’ + Absent Friend

Department of Eagles - ‘In Ear Park’ + Absent Friend

Ingredients: 1 ounce gin, 1/3 ounce grenadine syrup, 1/3 ounce heavy whipping cream, 1/2 ounce egg white, ground nutmeg for garnish

Mixing Instructions: Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into a cordial glass.  Sprinkle ground nutmeg on top.

Notes:  Four years before joining Grizzly Bear, Daniel Rossen began creating music in his dorm room with NYU roomate, Fred Nicolaus.  The two borrowed gear from their dorm neighbor, Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) and initially just played for friends, but word spread fast.  Skipping ahead to 2007, Rossen was just coming off a successful release of Yellow House with Grizzly Bear when he joined Nicolaus in the studio for their second album together.  Dedicated to Rossen’s father, who passed the year they began recording, the album delicately portrays a carousel of childhood memories.  Backed with the intimate layered vocals and beautiful guitar strumming, this is an album that unfolds over many listens and is another example of why Daniel Rossen is quite possibly the most underrated musician of the past decade.

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