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.
Grizzly Bear will perform in Slotttsskogen on Thursday August 9. Get tickets for one or three days here!