Grizzly Bear, the Brooklyn-based indie rock band known for their vocal harmonies and folksy timbres, catapulted to fame with their 2009 release Veckatimest. Stereogum called it a “game changer.” The Wall Street Journal‘s Jim Fusilli declared it “one of the best rock discs of this century so far.” And it made it onto many critics’ “best of the year” lists. But that was a long three years ago.
Since then, we’ve only been able to hear new Grizzly Bear material on a Washington Stater Lottery ad or, by extension, on singer/songwriter/guitarist Daniel Rossen’s well received solo allbum, Silent Hour/Golden Mile, which came out on March 20. (That same month, Rossen told Vulture that work on the new Grizzly Bear album was “going really well, though we’re not far enough along to have many details to share yet.”
Today, we finally have some news: The band announced that they will release their first album in three years on September 18th on Warp Records. Recorded over the better part of a year, the album “represents the band’s most charged and concise collection of music to date.” The album title and other details will be revealed soon.
Grizzly Bear will kick off an international tour September 16, including their biggest hometown show to date—September 24 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. They will also hit the festival circuit: The band will play at the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati and the Pygmalion Music Festival in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, in September, as well as Paris’ Pitchfork Music Festival in November.
Until then, you can listen to one of their new tracks: