Pinegrove
Meridian


4.5
superb

Review

by Machines Are On The Ryes USER (3 Reviews)
February 8th, 2013 | 9 replies | 1,540 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Interesting and hard to describe album with a catchiness that hides something much deeper underneath.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Meridian is one of those albums that is inexplicably unknown. At first glance, it is composed of pretty basic indie rock music. In fact I almost overlooked the album, but something about it drew me in, and eventually I grew to love it as much as I do now. However, looking back I don't see how I could have not loved this band at first listen. There is a certain immediate catchiness to it, but beyond that is great depth.

Pinegrove has very eclectic influences, but is still extremely cohesive. At times, there is a bit of math/emo influence, but noodly guitars are sparse on the album. Elsewhere can be found a post-rock build-up, but the longest song on the album is 6 minutes, and the vocals are very central on every track. Maybe even jam rock shows up on grooving tracks such as Palisade or Mather Knoll, and on every track can be found intricate drum rhythms and rhythmic guitar chords. Sunday starts out with a folksy guitar part, but quickly transitions into noodling guitars and a build-up reminiscent of more brief, emo-influenced post-rock bands. But the vocals are perhaps the one element that holds it all together. They are loose and free-sounding, not often adhering to strict rhythm or melody for very long. The backup vocals are present on every track and are also very integral to the bands unique sound; perhaps the best example of this is Morningtime, undoubtedly one of the best tracks on the album. The backup vocalist sings beautiful harmonies all throughout the song, adding to the depth.

The final aspect of the album is the lyrics. They fit the album perfectly: interesting, hard to describe, and with an apparent meaning which may or may not hide something much deeper underneath. The final lines of the album perhaps do the best to represent the general feeling: "I never kept good touch. But it’s alright, you never expected much," leaving you mournful yet somehow happy and ready to move on.

With Meridian, Pinegrove has created a masterpiece that deserves at least some recognition. I doubt anything they create can get much better than this, but I am still in anticipation, and hope they can become the influential and well-respected band they have shown they deserve to be.


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solongatlast
February 7th 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Name your price: http://pinegrove.bandcamp.com/

Please please get this album.

Calc
February 7th 2013



12026 Comments


"Interesting, hard to describe, and with an apparent meaning which may or may not hide something much deeper underneath."

wtf is this supposed to mean? and this review is decent but it just reads funny in too many places. I'll check this out though

Digging: Kashiwa Daisuke - April. #02

solongatlast
February 7th 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't know man, I had to make it sound good.

Honestly though it makes sense to me...

It does read funny though...mostly because I had trouble describing this album. It needed a review sorely though.

Calc
February 7th 2013



12026 Comments


Its pretty good so far nice find man.

mttgry
February 11th 2013



145 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

review reads funny but this record is fucking phenomenal

solongatlast
February 11th 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

better than no review I guess.

Hmmmm I want my personal rating to be a 5 but it keeps switching back to a 4.5...

mttgry
February 14th 2013



145 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

definitely better than no review, pos'd

more people need to hear this

solongatlast
April 3rd 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol at the description.


Wheelah
April 6th 2013



756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys are from the town next to mine, I'd heard about them a lot but only finally checked them out today. Really chill music, I love it.



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