Yesterday, Grizzly Bear shared a new song and announced the release of their forthcoming album Painting Ruins.
Mourning Sound is now the second track that the four-member band has dropped since the beginning of May. Earlier in the month, Grizzly Bear gave fans a song entitled Three Rings, so it’s exciting to see that they’ve already put out another track. Yesterday morning, lead singer Ed Droste tweeted about the release of Mourning Sound.
In an earlier tweet, he also announced that Painted Ruins will be out on August 18th. This marks roughly five years since the indie band from Brooklyn released an album. The last project we heard from the group was Shields, which was released in 2012. Therefore, the group is expecting the album to gain more and more momentum as we approach late summer.
The drum-filled, energetic Mourning Sound introduces both a warm and regretful vibe as lead singer Ed Droste sings:
“I made a mistake/I should’ve never tried.”
As the song continues, its upbeat tempo is accompanied by a baseline that lasts the entire time. At certain stages in the melodic journey, you can also hear smooth guitar strums that emerge as Droste sings, “We walk with the mourning sound.” These guitar riffs ultimately add more life to the song. And that’s the beauty of Grizzly Bear. Their tracks always seem to present some semblance of balance. While the word “mourning” indicates some form of pain due to loss, Mourning Sound isn’t your typical sad song that you listen to after you’ve experienced loss. In fact, it’s the opposite. Its music is fast and constant and contains almost no low and gloomy notes. The notes and melodies ultimately convey bright auras. Furthermore, theses auras are countered as Droste expresses regret.
I’m definitely looking forward to hearing Painted Ruins in August. With the releases of Three Rings and Mourning Sound, it seems clear that the group is set on making both a powerful and memorable comeback. Both songs have already demonstrated that Grizzly Bear’s sound has evolved within the five-year gap that they’ve been gone. Overall, both the releases of the two songs and the announcement of Painted Ruins expresses a clear message–that Grizzly Bear is ready to be back.
Check out Grizzly Bear’s tour dates here and the track list for Painted Ruins below:
1. Wasted Acres
2. Mourning Sound
3. Four Cypresses
4. Three Rings
5. Losing All Sense
8. Glass Hillside
11. Sky Took Hold