Five years following their 2012 album, Shields, Grizzly Bear returns today with a new LP, Painted Ruins, which features previously released singles, "Mourning Sounds," "Four Cypresses" and "Neighbors."
The 11-track album arrives in the wake of founding member Ed Droste's 2014 divorce with interior designer Chad McPhail. "Yes, I was gay married, and yes, I got gay divorced," he told OUT. "I've done it all! I got on the bandwagon early, and I got off early."
It's also released in a more politically charged climate than with Grizzly Bear's previous work, which Droste says is an opportunity. "Some people are like, 'Don't mix music with politics!' and I think that's the biggest load of shit ever," he said. "It's like, the world's burning! Say something!"
Grizzly Bear will embark on a tour to support Painted Ruins, with shows across North America and Europe from October through Decmeber. Listen to the new album, below, and click here for more tour information.