Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins 2017 LP

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First single "Three Rings" released today. Sounds like an evolution of their sound from their previous three records combined. I like this much better than the first one from Shields ("Sleeping Ute")

yesca, Friday, 5 May 2017 04:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

was never a completist fan of theirs before (liked the poppier tracks on Shields and thought Yellow House was a pleasant enough listen) but i rly like this

austinb, Friday, 5 May 2017 04:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

these guys bum me out... 4 albums in 11 years?

flappy bird, Friday, 5 May 2017 04:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is really, really good.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 5 May 2017 06:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

Wow, yeah the new track is really nice, especially that last minute or so.

Did these guys leave Warp? Spotify says it was released by Grizzly Bear LLC

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Friday, 5 May 2017 13:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

lol i forgot they were on Warp, what a weird fit

flappy bird, Friday, 5 May 2017 16:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm kind of annoyed in retrospect that I felt even a drop of sympathy for them after that article about how even indie rock titans don't make much money. They might make a little more if they had the work ethic to create a little more output!

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Friday, 5 May 2017 16:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

right? i would understand if they had kept up their solo projects (what was that one band? something Eagles), but for five years it's been mum, what've they been doing?

flappy bird, Friday, 5 May 2017 17:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

well the drummer did the music for High Maintenance

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 May 2017 17:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh word. i like him. i like that his last name is Bear. i remember the only time i saw them (opening for TV on the Radio in 2006), they had a really strange stage setup, they were basically all in a straight-line like Kraftwerk. the drummer was right in front of me and they opened with this song that I've never been able to find on any of their records.

flappy bird, Friday, 5 May 2017 17:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

i still jam Yet Again and Gun-Shy so sure, why not be a little bit excited for this huh

ciderpress, Friday, 5 May 2017 17:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

cool song, these guys still shred

call all destroyer, Friday, 5 May 2017 18:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Fuck yes. Based on this, I want to believe that the upcoming LP will be their greatest thus far.

pomenitul, Friday, 5 May 2017 18:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ok gonna go listen to it and stop knocking them.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Friday, 5 May 2017 18:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

The melody on this track that develops half way through... god damn.

yesca, Sunday, 7 May 2017 03:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

It's a bit Radioheadish but I like.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Sunday, 7 May 2017 03:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

Radiohead haven't been able to write a compelling melody in about 20 years. GB do it with ease.

yesca, Sunday, 7 May 2017 03:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

new song was in one ear out the other woof

flappy bird, Sunday, 7 May 2017 04:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOtH-Md4U-g

Definitely mixing things up a bit.

yesca, Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Did these guys leave Warp? Spotify says it was released by Grizzly Bear LLC

― passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Friday, May 5, 2017 9:09 AM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

on amazon: Label: Grizzly Bear Music/RCA Records

mizzell, Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

The Warp deal had just run its course, I gather.

Love the artwork on the album.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Damnit.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

AMA is pretty interesting, CT says that his biggest influence as a producer/recording engineer is Jim O'Rourke, and that they were all obsessed with his Drag City records in the early days.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/6cw0ua/its_grizzly_bear_and_were_here_to_answer_all_your/

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

and that totally makes sense revisiting Yellow House right now.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

Sad no one asked Ed about his Pokemon Go habit.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 24 May 2017 08:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

oh word. i like him. i like that his last name is Bear. i remember the only time i saw them (opening for TV on the Radio in 2006), they had a really strange stage setup, they were basically all in a straight-line like Kraftwerk. the drummer was right in front of me and they opened with this song that I've never been able to find on any of their records.

― flappy bird, Friday, May 5, 2017 1:13 PM (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

They pretty much opened every show with "Showcase" in 2006: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3p7mYshl5g

fgti, Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Dd5lsUjxA

Getting a little concerned about this album.

yesca, Friday, 23 June 2017 06:59 (six months ago) Permalink

i dig this song. i just wish they would put out more records. any band that takes 4-5 years in between records is gonna have an uphill battle

flappy bird, Friday, 23 June 2017 17:04 (six months ago) Permalink

four cypresses is really interesting, almost atonal in some parts, a lot of long non-resolving phrases

"it's chaos but it works" indeed

ciderpress, Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:38 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Full album is out now on streaming services. Really enjoying this as a full album together rather than separate tracks.

yesca, Saturday, 19 August 2017 04:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Ha, just bumped an old thread cos this one didn't return in search.

Yes, this seems pretty wonderful. Unusually I'd heard a lot of the tracks in advance - the four singles, plus Ed sent me a video of Losing All Sense via Facebook last week - so I knew a lot more of the album than before I got any of the others. Even so, it doesn't feel at all disjointed; it's sequenced really nicely, and, like all their records, has whatever gestalt is.

They've managed to get more direct - lyrically and perhaps musically too - from album to album, whilst still remaining dreamy and inscrutable.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 19 August 2017 06:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Am I alone in somehow feeling alienated by their production? It's very clearly "good" but at the same time it's very antiseptic.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Saturday, 19 August 2017 09:02 (five months ago) Permalink

Am I alone in somehow feeling alienated by their production? It's very clearly "good" but at the same time it's very antiseptic.

Have you always felt this way about their production or are you hearing something specific about this album? Just curious as I don't hear a difference immediately.

yesca, Saturday, 19 August 2017 12:40 (five months ago) Permalink

No, definitely not alone. The use of reverb and compression makes it feel very odd, distanced, and unreal, and always has. I happen to really like that, most of the time. But sometimes, if I'm not in the right mood or have a headache, it can really grate.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 19 August 2017 17:47 (five months ago) Permalink

The use of reverb and compression makes it feel very odd, distanced, and unreal, and always has.

Do you feel that way about all records that use this approach? 'Unknown Pleasures' is drowning in reverb.

yesca, Saturday, 19 August 2017 20:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Well no. That would be like feeling the same about all paintings that have yellow in them.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 19 August 2017 21:06 (five months ago) Permalink

Do not feel that the production is anti-septic, but it feels at the moment like there's very little to distinguish it from Shields. I definitely love the sequencing so far - the songs they had teased sit really well with the new ones.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 21 August 2017 13:21 (five months ago) Permalink

this is another good bear album

akm, Monday, 21 August 2017 15:18 (five months ago) Permalink

It's really good. Maybe less jazzy, more rocking than the last? Anyway, hits the spot.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 August 2017 15:20 (five months ago) Permalink

You know, since we're talking production and/or distancing or antiseptic or whatever, I find this album (as I did the last and probably all GB) so much more sonically interesting than, say, the last couple of Radiohead album. Just so much to digest. So much so, in fact, that when the album was over my shuffle spat up "Ghosts" by Nine Inch Nails and I just assumed it was more Grizzly Bear.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:25 (five months ago) Permalink

a song at a time is ok but i can by no means listen to the whole album. it definitely misses air and space. i am not sure if it is only the compression but it definitely does not help. i'd file this under claustrophobic music driving me nuts after a while. btw i haven't listened to them before.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:19 (five months ago) Permalink

I would say the songs are dense with information.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:27 (five months ago) Permalink

I feel like the reverb on this is all plate reverb or somesuch, its more murky then spacey. Good record either way.

29 facepalms, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Listening to their recent Song Exploder episode alongside others gave me the impression of lots of interesting demo ideas made too busy and homogenized once they got in a nice studio.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:40 (five months ago) Permalink

See, maybe I need to listen again, but "homogenized" is not the the word I would use. I love the sound of Grizzly Bear records, because even if there are lots of FX and studio tricks, to me they sound like really well recorded drums and guitars played through really good amps, very natural and jazzy, not at all clean, digital and homogenized.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:44 (five months ago) Permalink

I guess I mean a tendency to throw too many elements into the mix, which is made possible by good engineering, but I'm just in a phase where I want to hear more spare arrangements right now. I've only heard one or two songs from the new record though.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I get you. But given that GB is more or less a prog band, shit's going to busy.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:58 (five months ago) Permalink

are there any acoustic guitars on this album or any songs that are reminiscent of 'On a Neck, On a Spit'?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 16:46 (five months ago) Permalink

On the subject of spacier/less busy arrangements, I think Will Calls (Marfa Demo) is one of their very best tracks.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 21:53 (five months ago) Permalink

listened to this twice and not sure where this will take me. on the fence as they say.

Bee OK, Saturday, 26 August 2017 02:31 (four months ago) Permalink

the highlight song for me so far is "Aquarian."

Bee OK, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:04 (four months ago) Permalink

Ha, that's about the only one that hasn't clicked for me.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:12 (four months ago) Permalink

Three Rings, Neighbours, and Losing All Sense are my favourites.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:13 (four months ago) Permalink

Jeff Weiss on the new album: https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/nee7wq/grizzly-bear-is-invincible

I have bought tickets to see them in Manchester. Anyone else going?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:26 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm at a strange kind of "Sounds all right, wish I hadn't bought it though" point.

djh, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 20:20 (four months ago) Permalink

are you saying the old stuff is better? i bought all their albums in the past but now on Spotify.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 23:44 (four months ago) Permalink

i think this is getting better with each listen but only on listen four.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 23:44 (four months ago) Permalink

I've listened to this a lot and really, really like it. It's gone pretty much in the exact direction I wanted them to go in; a little more direct, a little more powerful, but still not obvious or predictable.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:51 (four months ago) Permalink

x-posts. Definitely not saying the old stuff is better. More that I've a vague feeling that I should have just spent the money on something else/I probably didn't need any more Grizzly Bear than I have ... and I just felt a compulsion to buy a CD. (I'm open to the idea that I'll change my mind and be glad I bought it, though).

djh, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:46 (four months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I've come round to this quite a bit.

djh, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Good!

I'm seeing them live next Friday for the first time, at the Albert Hall in Manchester. Should be wonderful.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 28 September 2017 08:21 (three months ago) Permalink

This has become the default weekend morning soundtrack in my house because my gf really likes it, and it's grown on me a lot. GB records take so long to reveal their hooks for me.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:53 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Fuck, this album.

Why does every release take so long to personally sink in? Why, with every release, do I initially think that this is the album where I'm on the verge to smugly declare "NEW JERSEY", only to subsequently grow to love almost all of the songs on it? Surely my faulty-ass ears, but still a mystery to me.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:12 (three months ago) Permalink

They were great live. Very powerful.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 15 October 2017 05:50 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is absent from a couple of the UK magazine polls - Mojo and Q - which feels a bit odd? Probably one of my two or three favourites of the year.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 23 November 2017 07:48 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't know, I found it tremendously disappointing, even forgettable, which is not an adjective I'd use to describe their previous records.

pomenitul, Thursday, 23 November 2017 13:46 (one month ago) Permalink

all is forbidden -- all is forgotten

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 1 December 2017 03:16 (one month ago) Permalink

^ I would give it a few more spins, pomenitul. I felt the exact same way after two listens. Now, about eight spins later, it's in my top 20 of the year. It's definitely a grower.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:27 (one month ago) Permalink

And I'm not a GB fan, in general, which maybe you were. I didn't start loving their music until Shields.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm not a GB fan, but I at least usually know when they have a new record out. I am only just learning about this now.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Their profile ain't what it once was, is what I'm saying.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:39 (one month ago) Permalink

^yeah, that's fair. Shields was in my top ten of '12, so I'm more prone to know of a new album.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 10 December 2017 02:03 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I felt like this had a big PR push (big Spotify billboards, for instance), strong critical reception, strong fan reception, well-received tour... so why is it absent from so many end-of-year polls? When The National, for instance, aren't? They feel, to me, like they're at similar points in their career in some ways. (Though The National are quite a lot bigger now, I guess.)

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'd bet their curation of the massive day of the dead project (of which incidentally "grizzly bear"'s "terrapin station" cover is my personal favorite) + the dessners' avant-garde activities (cantaloupe records + bang on a can etc) + the lead singer's wife being an erstwhile new yorker editor = ongoing behind the scenes highbrow cred points outstripping whatever aesthetic merits of the new grizzly bear record (which i happen to prefer to the new national record)

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 11:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hmm I think also the National record is just more accessible, sounds warmer, simpler

niels, Friday, 5 January 2018 12:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

At some point The National become like a huge band that gets played on pop radio next to Rihanna, right? I don't claim to understand it, but hey.

It does feel like no one cares about this GB record but it keeps getting a little better every time I hear it.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 January 2018 15:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's maximal in the best sense

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 16:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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