Last week, Grizzly Bear shared a dreamy new song, “Three Rings,” with the promise of more new music and tour dates to come. Today, the band have announced the official release date for their new album Painted Ruins with the upbeat single, “Mourning Sound.” The Shields follow-up LP will drop this summer on August 18th. The group also announced a huge upcoming tour, expanding across North America and Europe this fall.
“Mourning Sound” hits the ground running with a pulsing drum pattern, catchy bass guitar, and hazy synths. The opening lyrics — “I made a mistake / I should have never tried / I took the cake / Thinning every slice” — start the song on a somber note, but the music carries the mood forward. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Daniel Rossen had no lead vocal parts on Painted Ruins’ first single, “Three Rings.” However, he sings beautifully on “Mourning Sound.” “We woke with the mourning sound / It’s the sound of distant shots and passing trucks,” Rossen croons with a poignant strain in his voice.
The song grows to an emotional climax with gritty guitar melodies juxtaposed against acoustic guitar chords. Overall, “Mourning Sound” is much more pop-forward and energetic than “Three Rings.” Additionally, it falls well within the band’s staple indie rock sound. You’ll be humming along after just one listen.
Prior to releasing new music, the band was teasing new material with a series of abstract videos. The mystery left fans in suspense, but now the wait is over and Grizzly Bear is back in full force!
Painted Ruins was produced by Chris Taylor — you can pre-order it here and check out the full track list below. And if you’re keen on catching them live this fall, see a full list of dates below, too. They’ll be making rounds all across map.
Painted Ruins Track List
1. “Wasted Acres”
2. “Mourning Sound”
3. “Four Cypresses”
4. “Three Rings”
5. “Losing All Sense”
8. “Glass Hillside”
11. “Sky Took Hold”
Grizzly Bear 2017 Tour Dates
October 5th – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
October 6th – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
October 8th – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
October 9th – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
October 12th – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
October 13th – Utrecht, Netherlands @ TivoliVredenburg
October 14th – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
October 16th – Paris, France @ L’Olympia
November 1st – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
November 2nd – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
November 3rd – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
November 7th – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
November 9th – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
November 12th – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
November 14th – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
November 15th – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
November 16th – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
November 26th – Montréal, Quebec @ Metropolis
November 28th – Park Township, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
December 1st – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
December 3rd – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
December 7th – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
December 8th – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
December 9th – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
December 11th – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
December 13th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern