Three Rings

Album: Painted Ruins (2017)
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Songfacts®:

  • The first track to be dropped from Painted Ruins, the six-minute song slowly builds to a climax. The tune is a collaborative effort between all four Grizzly Bear members. Co-vocalist Ed Droste told NPR:

    "This song all started with a beat that Chris Bear made and left on the Dropbox. [Chris Taylor] then put bass and chords over it, followed by a melody I came up with which resulted in the first half. Then in classic Grizzly Bear fashion, the second half came together when Dan [Rossen] and Chris Bear came to Chris Taylor's studio and they put together the rest, and the song was finally born!"
  • Ed Droste tells a lover who's on the way out, "Don't you be so easy" before switching to the future with a completely different relationship. He said: "I like the idea of the long instrumental section being the passage of time before I move on to addressing someone new."
  • Christopher Bear told Uncut: "That was just a percussion idea that I had done and it got looped and Ed and Chris sort of used that as a jumping off point for a song. That was one of those things that was a very, very small thread of an idea meant to be sort of used as a tool."

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