LIVE: Grizzly Bear @ MASS MoCA, 6/16/18


Photographs and review by Andrzej Pilarczyk

A crowd of over a thousand fans arrived at North Adams’ MASS MoCA to lend their ears to the mesmerizing synth-led sounds of Brooklyn-based alt-rockers Grizzly Bear earlier this month.

Touring in support of their 2017 album, Painted Ruins, the band’s four-man nucleus (with the help of an additional keyboardist, created dark and light poetic songs and soundscapes filling the museum’s Hunter Center with Pink Floydish tones (inspired by Dark Side of the Moon, no doubt) and dense echoes that rolled through a diverse array of genres from psychedelic pop to indie rock, from art rock to neo-experimental music, all with superb, four-part vocal harmonies woven into the ever-changing fabric of the musical pulse.

Opening act synth artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith blended her sailing voice atop the flowing musical currents of her old-school synthesizer.

Four Cypresses
Losing All Sense
Yet Again
Fine for Now
Ready, Able
Sleeping Ute
Mourning Sound
Glass Hillside
Two Weeks
On a Neck, On a Spit
Three Rings
While You Wait for the Others
Sun in Your Eyes

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