The last time I checked in on Department of Eagles upcoming album, In Ear Park, was over a year ago. Band members Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus have been continuously working together on the album over the past few years and I’ve been anticipating its release for quite some time. The success of Grizzly Bear has meant that Dept. of Eagles member Daniel Rossen has been kept too busy to devote as much time to In Ear Parks completion. The album has finally now been completed and will be released on October 7th. After a few listens to the entire album it’s definitely in contention to be one of my favorites of the year. It mixes the better parts of Abbey Road era McCartney, Van Dyke Parks (Fun Fact: he collaborated with Joanna Newsom on her last album) and Harry Nilsson.
The newly released single differs from the demo I posted last year of it and is a little more fleshed out, but equally as strong.
This version has “Plenty of reverb and was recorded in the choir loft of a church. Tequila was involved at one point or another. This song has been in the works for several years now, starting life as a mumbled casio keyboard-based demo, going through an acoustic ballad phase, taking a brief detour into Paul McCartney territory and finally ending up in its present incarnation. I’m excited to finally be sending it out into the world, hope you enjoy!”
Deparment of Eagles – Balmy Night (Demo version)
Department of Eagles – No one does it like you (Demo version)