Comforting to note that Grizzly Bear have about two million monthly listeners at Spotify – which means that their brand of eclectic experimental pop music does have an audience.
Fifth album Painted Ruins finds the band in confident mood – essentially making music for themselves and throwing the net wide so it’s almost impossible to catch very specific influences and references except in snatches.
That is the achievement of Painted Ruins – on the opening “Wasted Acres” there is a suggestion of Brian Wilson’s baroque stylings, “Mourning Sound” is reminiscent of Brian Eno’s 70s output and is that early Roxy Music we hear on “Four Cypresses”?
But Grizzly Bear are not content to merely ape existing music but to take different musical ideas and motives and blend them into their own pleasing concoction.
Contemporary Art Rock is how we would classify this heady musical form – it’s conceptual and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Brilliant!
… still there’s more …