Sad Americana lot Pinegrove dropping by with their third full-length now. Skylight sounds a bit like Death Cab for Cutie and Wilco got together for an album they didn’t really want to make. The result is a decent bunch of catchy sing-along anthems for when you’re stuck in rainy rush-hour traffic.
Vinyl Double LP £21.49 PG1111LP-C1
Clear vinyl 2LP on Pinegrove. Comes in deluxe gatefold die-cut sleeve. Second disc includes the whole album performed acoustically.
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- Coloured vinyl
CD £9.99 PG1111CD
2CD on Pinegrove. Second disc includes the whole album performed acoustically.
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Tape £7.49 PG1111CASS
Cassette tape on Pinegrove.
8/10 LH 25th April 2019
Effectively a direct follow-up to the debut Cardinal that was delayed for an extra year due to extramusical reasons, and thus despite the time between it's more or less the same that Cardinal offered in terms of style: midwest emo -indebted singer/songwriter indie. The key difference between the two is Skylight's more meditative nature, as after the bouncy opener "Rings" it becomes a calmer and more contemplative record. The songwriting is a little subtler but it's often downright beautiful, and there's a lot of lovely lush details scattered throughout. There's a sense of comfort and respite resonating throughout the record, with images of homecomings, confronting your own weaknesses and pushing through it scattered throughout the lyrics and gently sung by frontman Evan Hall - or as the gorgeous title track reassures you as it tucks you into its sonic pillows and acoustic guitars, "Whatever you're feeling is all right / Whatever you're feeling is natural".
The physical editions (or at least the CD) also comes with the Skylight II bonus disc, which is the main album but with only Evan and his acoustic guitar. It mostly just digs deeper into the intimate indie comfort blanket feel, but has a couple of surprises in it, like its version of "Darkness". Where the original started out anthemic and quieted down to an introspective whisper, the acoustic version flips it and goes from gentle to almost defiant. It's a neat little bonus disc!
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