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Grizzly Bear Shares New Song 'Mourning Sound,' Announces Album Release

Grizzly Bear.
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Grizzly Bear.

The celebrated Brooklyn four-piece Grizzly Bear has released another new song, "Mourning Sound," and given the upcoming album from which it's taken a name and a release date: Painted Ruinswill be out on August 18. It's the band's first since Shields in 2012.

"I made a mistake / I never should've tried," Ed Droste sings in the opening to "Mourning Sound," over a bass line that sounds like it was produced to mimic the body and wide eyes of Lennie Small. Grizzly Bear's music always sounds agape at the grand sway of existence, grounded in an inescapable melancholy; grand and focused, elegantly layered, delicate and dramatic, like an abandoned bird's nest burning on an autumn forest bed.

The song follows the shadowy "Three Rings," released earlier this month (you can hear that here) after being teased in clips posted to the group's website. Grizzly Bear lambasted its own marketing strategy — what can you do, you gotta have something — writing that it was "sure to be a slow and painful drip of minor details, spanning months, culminating in the release of a new record of which you've probably already heard half the songs, by which point you may or may not have lost interest and moved on and forgotten what we were doing in the first place." Maybe ... but probably not.

The group also previously announced a long fall/winter tour — those dates are below.

Album art for <em>Painted Ruins</em>, the fourth studio album from Grizzly Bear.
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Album art for Painted Ruins, the fourth studio album from Grizzly Bear.

Grizzly Bear tour dates:

10-05 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
10-06 Manchester, England - Albert Hall
10-08 Glasgow, England - O2 ABC
10-09 London, England - O2 Academy Brixton
10-12 Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
10-13 Utrecht, Netherlands - TivoliVredenburg
10-14 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10-16 Paris, France - L'Olympia
11-01 Boston, MA - House of Blues
11-02 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
11-03 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
11-07 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
11-09 Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine
11-12 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater
11-14 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
11-15 Orlando, FL - House of Blues
11-16 Miami, FL - The Fillmore
11-18 Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital NOV 18 - NOV 19
11-26 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
11-27 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall
11-28 Park Township, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
12-01 St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
12-03 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
12-07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Orpheum Theatre
12-08 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
12-09 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
12-11 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
12-13 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

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