Grizzly Bear have announced their new single ‘Speak in Rounds’, to be released on March 18th, following the singles ‘Yet Again’ and ‘A Simple Answer’ from their acclaimed album ‘Shields’. The band have also launched a new Tumblr page to promote their forthcoming video for “gun-shy” in which director Kris Moyes talks about the idea for the video:
The idea came from a question:- if the creative energy of any living organism could be seen, what would it look like? Ed, Daniel, T and Bear demonstrate where their creative energy is located by extracting their hair, nails, skin, sweat, tears and blood. This is an invitation for a very rare glimpse of what creative energy could look like on a molecular level, if it could be seen.
Is this where their music comes from?
The 2nd half of the video takes on a more metaphysical or alchemy-like shift. We see the impact they have on their environment, throbbing leaves, boiling a river, steam, hovering in air, lightning bug-like sparkles in the afternoon sun etc.
This turning point in the story came out of a very creative conversation I had with Daniel Rossen and belief I have and I think the band share is everything is connected.
In the filming of this clip we used various scientifically explainable methods known to the natural world, soap film interference, rapid crystallization, splitting of the light spectrum etc to create the impression that these visual phenomena actually comes from them.
Of course this hypothesis would not hold much weight in the various scientific circles, but, it is a good question to ask. Science has tried unsuccessfully to explain where creativity comes from. Why some humans have a creative drive and others do not, why this person can draw but does not have a musical ear, or why this person is better suited to the clarinet and not the guitar, and why some people can play every instrument they come into contact with.
26th – Mar del plata, Aargentina @ Mute club de mar
29th – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ La Trastienda
31st – Mexico City, Mexico @ Auditorio Blackberry
3rd – São Paulo, Brazil @ Cine Joia
5th – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil @ Circo Voador
1st – Taipei, Taiwan @ Neo Studio
2nd – Kaohsiung, Taiwan @ Megaport Festival
5th – Tokyo, Japan @ Liquidroom
6th – Osaka, Japan @ Akaso
9th – Singapore @ Esplanade Theatre
30th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall Oakland
1st – Louisville, KY @ Brown Theatre
2nd – Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
4th – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival @ Englert Theatre
6th – Dallas, TX @ Palladium
9th – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11th – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
15th – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library
16th – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library
25th – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
28th – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
29th – München, DE @ Dachau Summer Of Music