By Zachary Swickey
Last month, Brooklyn indie outfit Grizzly Bear announced their upcoming fourth album’s release date as September 18, but the group neglected to provide even an album title or showcase any cover art. Well, the quartet took care of those things today on their official website, revealing Shields as the official title alongside poker-aesthetic cover art (below).
The album follows the group’s heralded ’09 effort Veckatimest, which was produced by member Chris Taylor. "There's not a lot of songs," singer/multi-instrumentalist Ed Droste told Pitchfork of the 10-track LP, "but they go a lot of places."
The group recorded the album over the last year in New York and Cape Cod after studio sessions in Marfa, Texas, failed to provide anything to their liking.
"We were like, 'We're ready to do this!'" explained Droste, about the aborted Texas sessions. "Then, we got there and recorded 12 songs and were like, 'This isn't quite there.'"
Grizzly Bear reconvened in New York to focus on collaboratively writing songs together as a band. "As we get older, more confident, and more mature," said Droste, "we're becoming more comfortable with stepping on each other's toes."
As always, fans should expect something completely new from the group.
“Everyone keeps getting older and their tastes are constantly evolving, and it's always exciting to see where people are. The good news is we're not doing Veckatimest Part II,” Droste revealed.
For now, fans can stream Grizzly Bear’s single “Sleeping Ute” before Shields officially drops in the fall.