Wasted Acres

Album: Painted Ruins (2017)
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  • Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen told NPR the background to this ode to riding a Honda four-wheeler through an open field.

    "This one started as a slightly tongue-in-cheek song about trying to keep track of my wily hound dog while hauling firewood on an old ATV (the trx-250) in remote upstate, New York. I felt like it captured a little bit of the absurdity and genuine loneliness of being a cosmopolitan interloper in the countryside. I also liked the idea of glamorizing a trashy ATV, as if it has some significance beyond being an old, gas-guzzling deathtrap."


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