New Jersey’s Pinegrove release an expanded Australian edition – and a first proper physical release of their debut album, Cardinal, today via Run For Cover Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia. Bonus material included with this new edition includes early versions, demos and song sketches from the Cardinal sessions and will be available as a double-CD, an LP version of the original album with a bonus CD of supplementary material, and a digital edition of the complete set.
Cardinal showcases the band’s captivating blend of indie rock, pop and country elements as more vivid, fine-tuned, and addictive than ever before. Vocalist/guitarist Evan Stephens Hall along with brothers Zack Levine (drums) and Nick Levine (guitar) form a core that have been playing together since early childhood. Painting his emotions onto these songs with colourful and kinetic strokes, Hall moves throughCardinal’s eight songs with unforgettable energy and passion, with a vocal performance that is pleasantly reminiscent of Will Oldham and Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch. Highlighted by the downtrodden nostalgia of twangy opener ‘Old Friends’ and the climactic refrain of ‘Size of the Moon’, where the confession “I don’t know what I’m afraid of,” is just as much of a sing-a-long as it is an emotional breakdown. Moods don’t stay in one place for very long on Cardinal – they are carefully crafted and revisited throughout to continually evoke the album’s central themes of memory, language, and home.