Last year the Brooklyn-based quartet Grizzly Bear went on the road for a two-week East Coast tour as the opening act for Radiohead. This time around, the indie rock band is aiming just as high -- hoping to arrange a collaboration with none other than rapper Snoop Dogg.
Grizzly Bear singer-songwriter Ed Droste "has actually been using Twitter to stalk Snoop," says the group's Daniel Rossen, a singer-songwriter and guitarist. "We're both going to be at Bonnaroo (the Tennessee music festival), and although there will be a bunch of people there and the chances of us actually seeing Snoop are slim, we're hoping we will bump into him. If there's a fun way to collaborate with Snoop, we'd absolutely love to."
While the group looks forward to the possibility of working with Snoop, its current focus is new album "Veckatimest." Named after a small island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts -- a place that inspired the group when it was recording at Droste's grandmother's house -- the album is slated for a May 26 release on Warp Records.
For the set, which Rossen describes as "a lot more clear and focused than our earlier records," Grizzly Bear recruited composer Nico Muhly; Beach House's Victoria LeGrand, who is featured on the lead single, "Two Weeks"; and the Brooklyn Girls Choir.
Grizzly Bear will also go on tour from May to mid-June. In the meantime, the band hopes fans will appreciate its growth on "Veckatimest" and that they'll be drawn to the album quicker than they were to 2006's "Yellow House," which Rossen describes as a "slow grower."
"For 'Yellow House,' we were very anxious and wanted to try to do everything we could, which in turn made it sound young. 'Veckatimest' is a lot more mature," he says. "You can hear individual voices instead of the gang pile-up we did on the last one. The songs just came together in a very loose way."