The Pineapple Thief have grown to become one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain. On August 31st 2018 they will release their highly anticipated follow up to 2015’s Your Wilderness called Dissolution. This is the band’s second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree virtuoso drummer Gavin Harrison.
Not Naming Any Names is a cloudy and melodic opener. Softly played piano and with velvety vocals combine to create an atmospheric and sullen start.
The rock groove is increased as Try As I might brings a foot-tapping beat with layered bass hooks, catchy vocals and sugary sounding rhythm. Then Threatening War shows of some of the real experimental sound that makes The Pineapple Thief such a hot prospect.
It’s all good stuff but it’s not quite capturing the imagination that is until the excellent double of Uncovering Your Tracks and All That You’ve Got come along. The former’s more complex guitar riffs and the whining solo goes some way to impressing before the faster pace of the latter with deep, thundering bass heaviness really stands out.
If there were any doubts about the quality of Dissolution then Far Below should put them to rest. A mournful but still energetic rock track, it’s one that worms its way into your brain.
A short interlude leads the album towards its final path as the 11-minute epic that is White Mist makes itself known. An incredibly ambitious number, it’s no surprise that The Pineapple Thief are more then up to the task even if it might just be a little bit too long.
A unique listen ends almost as it begun with really soft melody and vocals that croon quietly in the background. Brief injections of pace and a harder rock edge makes Shed A Light an absolutely lovely finish.
The Pineapple Thief – Dissolution Full Track Listing:
1. Not Naming Any Names
2. Try As I Might
3. Threatening War
4. Uncovering Your Tracks
5. All That You’ve Got
6. Far Below
7. Pillar of Salt
8. White Mist
9. Shed A Light
The Pineapple Thief - Dissolution (Kscope)
The Final Score - 7.5/10