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Annika This album is a versatile explosion of sounds in several languages - English, French, German and Spanish. Every song sounds different. I couldn't stop listening!
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Koko & Kanzi 05:34
Koko likes to play with dolls and she likes to eat candy. Koko loves cats and she wants to have a baby. She‘s a polite gorilla that communicates through sign language, and she understands about 2.000 words of spoken English. She makes up new words when she doesn‘t have a sign for something, like ‘finger-bracelet’ which she signed for ‘ring’. Koko likes to be chased and she likes to be tickled. Koko asks all people to show her their nipples. Koko where do gorillas go when they die? She said “Comfortable hole, bye.” When she heard that All Ball, her kitty, had died, she said “Bad, sad, bad, frown, cry.” Kanzi likes to light a fire and roast marshmallows, and he knows how to make flake knives from stones. Kanzi can cook an omelette in a pan, and he gets past the first round when he plays pac-man. Kanzi can communicate through a board with hundreds of lexigrams, and he learned it at first just by watching his step-mum. He tries to help out his mates that speak only Bonobo, and he picked up some sign language from watching videos of Koko. Koko wants to have a baby and she chose Ndume as her mating partner, but they‘re not allowed in one room. Koko takes dozens of pills on a daily basis, prescribed to her over the phone by a psychic. Koko & Kanzi have been parts of experiments that went on far too long, and they live in cages and buildings far away from their homes. But they need to make the headlines, show that progress is done, ’cause they are caught in the very human trouble of raising funds. They’re raising funds.
My Friends 04:18
Ulla & Max 10:27
All Is Well 05:06
27 Jahre 04:48
Horn 04:19
Bloodlust 02:43
La Selva 02:28
La Michi 06:44
Lanugo 06:56


Empathy is the first album by Grizzly Bird. A concept album about animals and how we relate to them, including songs about talking apes, giant manatees, a traumatised cat, death, birth, revenge and love.


released June 14, 2019

Written and produced by Hans Gnendinger
Ulla & Max, La Michi: Lyrics by Hans & Katharina Gnendinger
27 Jahre: Lyrics based on writings by Georg Wilhelm Steller
All Is Well: Contains elements of the song 122 All Is Well as found in The Sacred Harp
La Selva: Main motif written by a bird in Parque Tayrona, Colombia, arranged for human ears by Hans

Mixed and mastered by Cameron Laing at The Famous Gold Watch
except La Selva mixed by Hans

Recorded in late 2017 and early 2018
except Bloodlust instruments recorded in 2013

Recorded at the rehearsal room and at home by Grizzly Bird
and at The Famous Gold Watch by Cameron Laing
Assistance on string recordings by Bob Spencer and Sebastian Pecznik

Cover photo by Michael Helmer
Booklet photos by Nils Wenzel
Layout by Hans


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Grizzly Bird Berlin, Germany

Grizzly Bird is a Berlin based Indie-Folk-Rock trio with Hans Gnendinger on guitar and vocals, Nils Wenzel on bass and Florian Dietrich on drums. Hans used to be called Hans Sølo.🦉

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