By Zachariah Calluori
The music of Pinegrove moves and swirls. It’s as if you took a Van Gogh painting and threw it on a record player. The crux of the electric Pinegrove sound is the interplay between two guitars, which weave together, knitting descriptive harmonies. Before every concert they tune two E-chords together – in unison, you hear the perfect balance of crunch and light tube distortion. This sonic palette is matched by creamy, dynamic, and expressive vocals. Guitarist and lead singer Evan Stephens Hall has a voice that is an irreplaceable component of the music – sometimes soft with a rasp, sometimes loud and glistening, but always genuine. On, Mixtape Two, however, we hear a more delicate and stripped-back take on the Pinegrove aesthetic. In fact, Mixtape Two was recorded entirely by Evan in his house. This makes for charming production and intimate renditions of songs such as “Size of the Moon”.
The songs evidence some of the Americana-style roots of Pinegrove’s music; think Wilco, Radiator Hospital, or Gillian Welch. Evan’s lyricism is not only a linguistic plus, but rather, a musical-must. His metrical schemes make simple and honest lines like “& all my problems/it's so stupid/they're not even problems”, from the song “Problems”, resonate. “Size of the Moon” is a highlight both musically and lyrically.
Mixtape Two comes to a reflective close with “Need 2”. This release has the vibe of rustling leaves, purple “Montclairian buzz-skies”, and every breath drawn beneath those big, neighborhood trees that seem to hide suburbia for a brief moment on your walk home.
This mixtape anticipates a full-length and full-band release that should come out early next year. Another feature is soon to come!
By the way...Pinegrove is currently on tour! Hear these songs come to life in the hands of the full band! For a taste, check out “Problems” (and a clip of a brand new tune!) performed live by following the link below:
Find the rest of Pingrove’s music as well as tour dates at: