“Three Rings” bursts with an intricate mix of guitar, bass, keys and synths that weave in and out of each other over a freewheeling jazz drumbeat. Singer/guitarist Ed Droste’s soft vocals waft over the spellbinding melange, which reaches its peak as he sings, “Don’t you feel it all come together.”
“Three Rings” arrives after Grizzly Bear shared 14 short teaser videos featuring warped visuals and snippets of new music. The band began releasing the clips in April and each one has been geo-tagged in a different location on their Instagram.
Droste first teased the follow-up to Shields in a 2015 interview with The Standard, saying it would be “more adventurous.” In April 2016, Droste tweeted that Grizzly Bear was finally set to record the album. Around the same time, Grizzly Bear performed at a handful of rallies for then-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, while members of the band also contributed to the Grateful Dead tribute album, Day of the Dead.