Above the Prairie

Above the Prairie

by The PinesThe Pines


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Where the Pines excel is realizing their brand of folkie Americana leans toward the textural, not song. This isn't to say their 2016 album Above the Prairie lacks in songs. They're there, often sturdy even when they're open-ended, but the charm of Above the Prairie is that it sets a mood, one that's ideal for twilight or the early hours of evening just after the sun has set. Their harmonies and acoustic guitars are offset by smears of synthesizers -- keyboards that don't play hooks but rather add space and color -- and this provides just enough of a painterly bed that the rough-hewn vocals don't feel affected, they feel like they add a bit of dirt to a record that's just on the verge of floating away. Eventually, the songs do sink in, but the reason to return to the album is its ability to conjure a specific feeling, whether it's the second the sun sets or the moment that paved highway gives way to backwoods dirt roads.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2016
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651029120
catalogNumber: 291
Rank: 43624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pines   Primary Artist
J.T. Bates   Drums
Tim Britton   Flute,uillean pipes
Benson Ramsey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
David Huckfelt   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Michael Rossetto   Banjo
Jacob Hanson   Electric Guitar
Alex Ramsey   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
James Buckley   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Ryan Young   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Bo Ramsey   Producer
John Svec   Engineer
Adam Krinsky   Engineer
Pines   Producer
Lars Leber   Cover Photo

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