“Pinegrove (recall) some of the most consistently likable rock bands of the past 20 years in their most easy going phases: There’s the rootsy shamble of early Wilco, the wiggly guitar solos and general guilelessness of pre-prog Built to Spill. But beneath the amiable surface is an intense work about one of the most important things imaginable: how to make our friendships really matter.” – Pitchfork
“There’s a confessional quality to the songs of Pinegrove that feels reassuring. The problems that swirl around Evan Stephens Hall’s head feel universal” – NPR
“Pinegrove have finally cracked the code to perfecting the warbly emo-country ebullience that only they do so well. Guitars whistle with a sticky-sweet twang, Evan Hall’s striking and sentimental poetry twisting elegantly around the band’s labyrinthine compositions.” – Australian Guitar
“…this ruddy cheeked collective rekindle the guileless spirit of mid-90s alt rock (Wilco; Buffalo Tom).a surge of power-chord melancholy.”– MOJO, ★★★★
“The mournful peddle steel, keening harmonies and thumping analogue rhythms that ornament the deeply introspective songs of Marigold transform…into a vibrantly emphatic experience. The band is in peak form…ruggedly handcrafted tracks that capture charged moments in real time, just as Hall’s trenchant, minutia-filled lyrics do.”(8/10) – UNCUT
“One of the most talented recording and touring bands in the land” (8.5/10) – Under The Radar
Pinegrove have released their critically lauded new album, Marigold via Rough Trade Records / Remote Control. It comes with an acoustic version of new single ‘The Alarmist’ available to watch now.
Of the track, the band says ‘This song tries to look at the negotiation of space between two people—balancing comfort and closeness with a need for independence. the song takes place in the first moment you find yourself alone after an intense experience with a friend, sorting through the layers of history, head swimming; revisiting frames of memory, seeing your relationship (& yourself in it) with startling clarity.’
‘The Alarmist’ follows earlier tracks taken from Marigold: ‘Moment‘ and ‘Phase‘. As 2019 turned into 2020 the band released Marigold’s lyrics and guitar tabs via their website and invited fans to record and post their own interpretations of the as-yet-unreleased songs. Fans posted their renderings online with the tag #PineTab throughout the new year. All submissions to date can be found on Pinegrove’s Instagram Page under their story highlights.
Formed in 2010 in Montclair, NJ by childhood friends Evan and drummer Zack Levine, Pinegrove have released three previous albums – Everything So Far (2015), Cardinal (2016), and Skylight (2018) – to critical acclaim, garnering them a widespread and devoted listenership. Marigold features Evan, Zack, Nick, as well as Josh Marre (who, outside of his usual guitar duties, doubles on bass for this record), Sam Skinner, Nandi Rose, Evan’s dad Doug Hall, and Zack & Nick’s dad Michael William Levine. Sam also engineered and co-produced the record, as he has on every Pinegrove recording since 2015.
While there is room for ambiguity in Evan‘s hypnotic storytelling, its thesis is anchored as always in radical empathy. This is music that makes a humble yet confident case for inclusiveness and community, for tenderness and patience in a world that sometimes seems to have other plans. “This is a lifelong project,” Zack says, “We’re always thinking about how to be better humans and humanists. It’s about how to keep going, and to respond to the world as it is right now.”