songs about memories and mortality Mr. Rossen and Department of
Eagles’ other songwriter and guitarist, Fred Nicolaus, create
graceful, surreal, inward-looking pop that finds both unadorned
sorrows and elaborate, circuslike wonderment."
New York Times on
the album "In Ear Park"
breather between their earlier work and In Ear Park has paid off,
helping Rossen and Nicolaus craft a rich, disorienting new direction
for Department of Eagles. Ambitious and complex, it's stuffed with
cocooning harmonies and shimmering, sunlight-smacking-the-Pacific
melodies-- a languid, easy West Coast record (think Randy Newman
or SMiLE), infused with classic East Coast anxiety."
- Pitchfork on
the album "In
One Does It Like You' makes us yearn for summer, or at least
a warmer springtime. The way the echo thumps reminds us of concerts
at a county fair band shell, and the golden harmonies make us
think of 60s California."
- Pitchfork on "No
One Does It Like You"
goes without saying, but if you dig Grizzly Bear, you're gonna love
on "No One Does It Like You."
deliciously laid back, so warm and easy, so calm & affectionate
that it's hard to find even a lick of frustration."
The Gramophone on
"No One Does It Like You"
must've listened to this track 50 times over the last few days,
and I remain in awe of the song's throwback production techniques
and gorgeous vocal harmonies."
Vs. Bear on "No One Does It Like You."
of Eagles prove trip-hop isn't dead...it's just become a twinkly
folk song in a doo-wop haze"
- Spin on
"No One Does It Like You"
convinced Dan's got one of the most strangely satisfying voices
in music today, like Peter Gabriel in the depths of an ether
binge (thanks, HST). His singing and melodic vocal layers always
went well in contrast to Ed Droste's deeper, soothing croon in
Grizzly Bear and here it works just the same, bouncing off the
sunny atmospherics and bouncy percussion. This just might be
the first "best song of Spring."
Guess I'm Floating on "No One Does It Like You"
of Eagles make scratchy, low-fi Casio-pop with hooks as big as arena
world seems a brighter place for their existence."
of those rare and perplexing albums which sounds completely different
each of the first three times you hear it, once it gets its hooks
into you, there's no shaking it off."
Wherever the mysterious Department of Eagles might have come from,
a mercurial new talent has just landed."
of Eagles' magpie instincts are waggish, beguiling and natural."
of Eagles excel at making oddness into goodness."
own personal definition of comfort music: simple songs that can
keep repeating over and over in your mind."