In The Pines: Painting By Numbers [Album Review]

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In The Pines
Painting By Numbers
Soul Step Records [2023]

Cincinnati’s In The Pines has recently released their newest record, Painting By Numbers, where the group effortlessly weaves a sonic tapestry that resonates with both introspection and exuberance. From the opening notes of the album, listeners are immediately enveloped in a lush soundscape that transcends genre boundaries. In The Pines skillfully navigates a diverse range of influences, incorporating elements of folk, rock, shoegaze, and experimental music. The result is a collection of songs that feel both familiar and refreshingly innovative.

Musically, the band showcases their virtuosity with intricate arrangements and a rich sonic palette. Tracks such as “Speaking In Tongues,” “Horizon,” and “Let It Slide” exemplify In The Pines’ ability to craft compelling walls of shoegaze melodies while experimenting with textures and instrumentation. The album’s production is polished yet retains a raw, organic quality, allowing the emotional resonance of each song to shine through.

The group also isn’t afraid to tweak their formula throughout the record, as showcased by the opening track, “Threshold,” featuring guest vocalist Eva Patterson, whose siren vocals cut through the psych haze of noise, allowing the band to focus on their instrumentation. Towards the end of “Weeping Willow,” there’s a spacey transition that concludes with a sprawling and shimmering synthesizer run. The drone-like grind of “Birth Cult” marks the end of side one of the record, and its ringing hum signals that In The Pines can surprise you around every corner of this album.

Ultimately, Painting By Numbers stands as a triumphant next step for In The Pines, highlighting a band that continues to evolve and push creative boundaries. It’s an album that invites repeated listens, revealing new layers and nuances with each play. In The Pines has not only crafted a collection of songs but an immersive experience that resonates long after the final notes fade away.

“Speaking In Tongues” / “Let It Slide” / “Horizon”

Wilco / Beachy Head / Wooden Shjips

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