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Robin Hilton. Grizzly Bear's first album in five years is Painted Ruins. Tom Hines hide caption. Painted Ruins Courtesy of the artist hide caption.
Grizzly Bear 's new album, Painted Losing All Sense - Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins isn't overtly political — it isn't built on any easily identifiable observations of a troubled world.
Still, at times it seems to speak directly to events that have unfolded in recent weeks, from the saddening violence in Charlottesville, Va. For the release of the Painted RuinsDroste, Rossen and Taylor shared some of the stories behind their first new album in five years, how the songs came together and what they mean for them.
I felt like it captured a little bit of the absurdity and genuine loneliness of being a cosmopolitan interloper in the countryside.
I also liked the idea of glamorizing a trashy ATV, as if it has some significance beyond being an old, gas-guzzling deathtrap. We thought we were calling it a night, but [Chris] came up with a great riff and the melody followed. We weren't sure it would see the light of day until Dan [Rossen] came in with his gorgeous chorus. There's definitely a sense of regret, which is quite apparent with the first line, 'I made a mistake,' but there's also a sense of owning your mistake and taking responsibility for it.
I don't want to blame one party in the conflict and know full well much of the strife and turmoil being referenced lays on my back as much as anyone else's. Eventually I took it and wrote a melody and lyric and we built it from there. Without going too deep into it, the lyric was kind of a meditation on internal chaos that mirrors the chaos in the outside world.
It was Losing All Sense - Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins in more human terms and referring back to the previous line in the song'living in a pile,' living in ruin or disarray. We sometimes live in abject conditions because that's all we have and we make it work. It ended up sounding a bit more flippant than I thought it would. Then in Biri De Bir Bini De Bir - Bülent Ersoy - Ak Güvercin Grizzly Bear fashion, the second half came together when Dan and Chris Bear came to Chris Taylor's studio and they put together the rest, and the song was finally born!
This is actually a song referencing both the past and the future and two separate relationships. I like the idea of the long instrumental section being the passage of time before I move on to addressing someone new. Chris Taylor sped Losing All Sense - Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins up and put down a bass riff and I put down a melody and over time we kept passing it around, working on different melodies and rhythmic approaches, different lyrics.
We pretty much put this song through hell until settled into its final form. I can feel a song is done when it has its own life and movement to it and moves me without me feeling inclined to make it do something it's not doing.
It reminded me of the push and pull of adrenaline, panic and calm. The lyric veered in many directions and was never really finished, but was a bit about the panic of massive decisions made in an instant, loading up a moment with the stress of seeing two divergent fates and not knowing the right way to go. Ed and I riffed on this one in Santa Fe while he was visiting me and worked on some melodies, and it came into it's more fleshed out thrashing form with Chris Taylor and Bear's guidance when we were recording the record in upstate New York.
It started out with the odd collision of moods between the verse and chorus — the woodsy, dark energy of the verse running up against the overly slick energy of the chorus. It's kind of grotesque in a way that was appealing. The lyric grew from there, a collision of country and city attitudes; paranoia versus the desire to connect with people different from yourself; trying to see the world from someone else's eyes.
I can see how you might want to read even more Let It Last (Album Version) - Carleen Anderson - Let It Last some of those lyrics [like], 'our fears that Losing All Sense - Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins us cruel,' now that that's particularly visible and on our minds.
As for the song, I would say 'no. I think of all these lyrics as human, Sloop John B. - Sweet Power - Discoh 81 - 50 Non-Stop Disco Hits impressions that can reflect some of the tense energy out there around us, but not directly and not always intentionally.
The music informs the lyrics and the lyrics inform the music. It's a rumination on the inevitable fading that happens between two people post separation, even if they live right next to each other. This is "a song that began while I was living in Berlin and is my first time singing lead vocal in the band. Chris Bear and Dan helped flesh out the instrumental in some new directions resulting in a swirling, vibe-y track.
It's about people's relationships to their vices and how we seem to all have them, and what can really be done about it, if anything at all sometimes. The original version of this song was drastically different and sunny and took a major twist during recording where it was reimagined!
Later that guitar part was Dan reworking it to fit the new darker more minor chord interpretation that Chris Bear worked under Ed's vocal melody. The song then took on the kind of tone of dread it has now.
I guess that vibe was more appealing to everyone in the band than the initial vibe. We all have to find a way into the track vibe-wise to really engage and flesh it out. Your purchase helps support Mandrake Paddle Steamer - Mandrake Paddle Steamer programming. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.
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