Interview: Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste refuses to give us a clickbait headline

Published: August 18, 2017

Grizzly Bear’s new album, Painted Ruins, is—like all Grizzly Bear albums—a gorgeous piece of work. Since debuting as a full band with 2006’s Yellow House, the group composed of Ed Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor, and Chris Bear has developed a reputation for this remarkable consistency, for being unusually meticulous in its crafting of sound, for creating records of surprising depth and beauty. The latest is no exception: Despite a half-decade since last convening in a studio, and all of its members scattering across the country in the interim (Rossen in upstate New York, the others spread out around Los Angeles), Painted Ruins confirms the band’s uniquely interlocking chemistry remains intact, rendered here with even deeper, heavier textures and a sense of melancholy and loss coloring the lyrics. It is, typically, a great album. The question is, will anyone actually give a shit?

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