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Grizzly Bear, ‘Friend EP’ (Warp)

Grizzly Bear have a penchant for cannibalizing their own work, following 2004’s debut, Horn of Plenty, with a remix record that enlisted like-minded peers to reimagine the quartet’s signature space folk. Friend is a collection of collaborations, covers, and remixes, featuring Band of Horses, CSS, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, and others. “Alligator,” once 84 seconds of gurgle, stands now as six-plus minutes of dramatic rock pomp, while on the band’s electric version of “Little Brother,” they twist acoustic twinkles into psychedelic squeals. Like cramming old furniture into a new apartment, the results are disorienting and weirdly invigorating.

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