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‘Skylight’ is the follow up to 2016’s widely-acclaimed breakthrough album, ‘Cardinal’.
The 2CD and 2LP formats come with an entire bonus album, ‘Skylight II’ (the album performed acoustically).
In 2017, Pinegrove moved into a rural farmhouse in upstate New York to make their new album ‘Skylight’, living, working and recording together. This DIY ethos solidifies Pinegrove’s position at the epicentre of a creative community, where they’ve adopted a ‘friends first’ policy when cycling through the band’s touring iteration.
‘Skylight’ is “an album about happiness, figuring out how to be optimistic and realistic. To be effectively optimistic, you have to establish relationships with darkness and disappointment. The position of optimism is earned.” Frontman Evan Stephens Hall’s “classic American melodies” and emotionally direct lyrics blend seamlessly with alt-country instrumentation and experimental rhythms of drummer Zack Levine.
The band are confident in their idiosyncrasy, dropping pop structures when they no longer fit. The songs swing between wider extremes - whisper to full-belt and back again, treading mid-air - and Pinegrove more exactly, more full-throatedly say what they’ve been trying to say.
“Divine moments... each slight note has a defined voice” - Pitchfork
“Explodes just as far as you can see the universe” - NPR
“Wrapped up in a shimmering, light country twang… raw, honest and velvety” - NME.
Barry says: Drawing easy comparisons to the minimal guitar-led falsetto of Bon Iver, Pinegrove are at once tender and enchanting, being unafraid to pull things back to the simple duo of guitar and voice and drawing a huge range of feeling out of the simplest of accentuations. This is a hypnotic and beautiful affair, tenderly delivered and perfectly restrained.
Paterson & Leo
‘Skylight II’ (CD2 / LP2)
Paterson & Leo (Acoustic)
Easy Enough (Acoustic)
Light On (Acoustic)