Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Mandy Moore and, well, more.
Grizzly Bear, "Veckatimest" (Warp)
Consumers largely ignored Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear's first, excellent release "Yellow House" in 2006. But after much-ballyhooed critical acclaim, plus the surprising support for side-project Department of Eagles and touring stints with Radiohead, TV on the Radio and Feist, it looks like 2009 is finally the year of the Bear.
This quartet's stacked harmonies and hypnotic, hollow melodies were recorded in Cape Cod and feature contributions from young composer Nico Muhly.