Grizzly Bear’s new album, Painted Ruins, is an airy and ambient journey. Five years since their last album, the band comes back with impeccable production, clean instrumentation and grand vocal performances. The group has constructed an amazing sounding album. “Four Cypresses” features tight drumming, chill guitar riffs, swelling synth sounds and strings. Despite that, the band’s blend of electronic and organic instrumentation sounds like something Beck has done before. The group’s grandiose-sounding vocal performances complement the descriptive yet ambiguous lyrics. The lyrics provide a neat sense of mystery, such as, “Eyes on the lost sons trained in the tricks of the world / Fathers and keepers packed in that crowded room,” from the track “Glass Hillside.” Painted Ruins channels the feeling of walking in a grassy field on a breezy morning with clear blue skies above.
Trial Track: “Glass Hillside”