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Well it’s been five years but everyone’s favourite indie rock duo have finally got a new album for us this week! I for one am pretty excited anyway, since without exception their previous albums and EPs have been superb (not to mention the jaw-droppingly great recent Rob Crow LP and Three Mile Pilot EP and many other projects over the years).
It should come as no surprise that I am also very much enjoying this one too; it’s an immediate thrill to hear Rob Crow’s smooth, simple vocal melodies and Zach “ABSIV” Smith’s distinctive waves of soothing, busy bass that are the signatures of the Pinback sound, although this collection seems to be smoother and less fast-paced than previous offerings, with the mid-album piano ballad ‘His Phase’ heading into particularly cinematic territory.For the most part though this is classic Pinback, from the “You’re awfully calm is all” call-to-life of opening track ‘Proceed To Memory’ and the slinky grooves and vocal counterpoint of ‘A Request’, it’s comforting and warm and the inimitable bubbling bass grooves that Smith conjures up always send me into raptures of rose-tinted nostalgia. I think it’s pretty fair to say that my long-acknowledged undying love for this band might make me a little ill-equipped to review this without massive, gushing bias, but to the other Pinbackophiles out there, I can assure you I am not disappointed and will be taking this one home with me tonight for closer listening.
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