Grizzly Bear were – together with bands such as Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors and Fleet Foxes – at the forefront of the development of a new progressive type of Indie rock. At this point, the late 2000’s, indie rock once again felt innovative – and that had a lot to do with Grizzly Bear. Recently, the band released their fifth album Painted Ruins, which feels just as progressive as the bands former releases. Painted Ruins isn’t a passing pleasure, it’s a body of work intended to be lived in. Its psychedelic grooves, challenging composition and pensive lyrics require repeated listens and develop significance, attachment and deep-rooted appreciation over time. That said it strays from getting too intense or introspective.
Grizzly Bear was formed as a solo project for Ed Droste, and when joined by Christopher Bear, the band released their first album Horn of Plenty. After a while, Chris Taylor and Daniel Rossen were recruited to the outfit, which released their first album together a couple of years later 2006’s, Yellow House. After that, Grizzly Bear put out the album that cemented their position as one of the greatest groups in the genre – Veckatimest. 2012’s Shields followed, and this year’s Painted Ruins is another majestic release and proof of this bands importance.