CANT: From Grizzly Bear's Friction, A Solo Gem A solo project for Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, CANT unveils a grand sucker punch of a song in "She Found a Way Out."
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'She Found a Way Out' by CANT

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A solo project for Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, CANT unveils a grand sucker punch of a song in "She Found a Way Out."

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Thursday's Pick

Song: "She Found a Way Out"

Artist: CANT

CD: Dreams Come True

Genre: Pop

The story goes that when Grizzly Bear's members cooped themselves up in Cape Cod in the summer of 2006 to record Yellow House — their breakthrough album, and one of that year's best — the group had trouble adjusting to a new songwriting process. But its internal tiffs don't seem so surprising when you recognize how much individual talent is in the band: Ed Droste began Grizzly Bear as a solo bedroom project that became 2004's Horn of Plenty; Daniel Rossen has released a few excellent (and wildly divergent) albums with his college roommate as Department of Eagles; Christopher Bear plays in the '70s-inspired rock band Earl Greyhound and drummed for Jamie Lidell's latest album, Compass; and Chris Taylor has produced records for The Dirty Projectors, The Morning Benders and Twin Shadow, and now runs his own label. So as far as side projects go, Grizzly Bear is basically a high-school valedictorian.

CANT is the latest addition to the pedigree — a Chris Taylor solo outfit with a moodier strain of after-hours sultriness than can be heard in Grizzly Bear's lofty melancholia. Its debut album, Dreams Come True, grooves as readily it sulks, borrowing liberally from Prince and Depeche Mode, and "She Found a Way Out" is a clear standout. Taylor's sparse guitar arrangement and airy harmonies evoke intimacy akin to Daniel Rossen's take on "Deep Blue Sea," right up until the sucker-punch second half erupts. Synths wash over the track, nearly swallowing the heavy bass-snare hits as Taylor professes, "She can't / She can't / She's gonna find a way out."

The result has all the grandeur of Gary Numan's Pleasure Principle, and belongs nowhere near a proper Grizzly Bear album, but as Grizzly Bear's Yellow House proved, a little friction makes for better music. Best of all, in that band's case, what doesn't fit makes for great solo material.