Release Date: August 12th, 2016
Review by Callum Doig
There’s no denying that prog music has been nothing more than an ethereal entity that speaks of a melodic language so pure and resplendent since its inception. Birthed in the same country that gave us Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, King Crimson and many other illustrious names, comes Somerset locals, The Pineapple Thief, returning with their eleventh audible instalment labelled ‘Your Wilderness‘.
Throughout its process, ‘Your Wilderness’ is structured with eight tracks that feature an emulsion of indie and alternative music alongside its progressive counterpart. For the most part, The Pineapple Thief conceive an emotional and atmospheric parade that consists of soft rock numbers with optionally brief heavy moments that any prog-prodigy can give.
No matter the steps they take, in pieces such as ‘No Man’s Land’, ‘Fend For Yourself’ and ‘The Final Thing On Your Mind’, the quartet make the most of it in the form of a natural pace that avoids a contrived sense. Although, there’s the fact that the Steven Wilson and even Peter Gabriel influences that flow within ‘Your Wilderness’ is quite transparent, The Pineapple Thief are able to press different buttons to bring different concoctions to the table that are able to take the listener into a world of their own.
Though progressive music comes in many structures, The Pineapple Thief have nothing that feels to be much of a requisite to make the journey of Your Wilderness a long one. Instead, it’s the product of a momentary, but also steady and easy-going piece that gives off an ambient and pleasantly picturesque temperament from start to finish.
New fan or a longtime devotee, there’ll be plenty of qualities that will entice them into the concept of Your Wilderness.