It’s been five years since Shields, Grizzly Bear’s last studio album.
While the band are synonymous with crafting beautiful musical odysseys that drift between the ether of commercialism and the obscure, Painted Ruins is a starker collection of independent songs that fulminate in a profusion of differing influences, ranging from jazz to electronica to good, honest indie. Vocalist Ed Droste – whose voice here swings from hope to anguish like a pendulum – together with guitarist Daniel Rossen, have written some of the most inspired, evocative and ambitious compositions in the band’s 15-year history. Painted Ruins is worth the five-year wait, and is undoubtedly Grizzly Bear’s most accomplished album to date.
Painted Ruins is out August 18 via Sony.