The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness

The Pineapple Thief Your Wilderness cover
The Pineapple Thief
Your Wilderness
Well, “Your Wilderness” differs in various parts from its predecessors but it does retain the Bruce Soord musical signature in a way. The core of modern atmospheric pop/rock music is everywhere here and it is blended with the band’s “well-known” prog rock & art rock elements wonderfully. I like that Bruce looks forward and does not like to repeat himself. That’s the true essence of progressive music and The Pineapple Thief are totally on the right path.
The features of Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Blackfield) on drums, John Helliwell (Supertramp) on clarinet, Geoffrey Richardson (Caravan) on strings and Darran Charles (Godsticks) on guitar are totally adding a more arty/prog atmosphere on the album. Bruce said that he re-discovered his progressive roots in terms of song-writing and arrangement. That is so true and it can be entirely understood after several spins. Moreover, the production is crystal clear, soft & full. The album was mixed and produced by Bruce Soord and Steve Kitch with mastering duties also carried out by Steve. The drums were produced & engineered at Gavin’s own studio and the string quartet was recorded at Geoffrey’s own studio in Canterbury.
I do not like making comparisons between albums, cuz every album has its own “character” when it is created. The same goes for “Your Wilderness” that is different than “Magnolia” in many ways. Some say that The Pineapple Thief are more likely to become the new Porcupine Tree in a way. I do not agree with that and I do not believe that such words are proper for a band that has been making its own way in the atmospheric prog/art rock scene for over 17 years now and is covering new ground with each new release. I’m convinced they can fill the gap that PT have left but in their own way and without trying to be anyone else rather than themselves. After all, albums like “Your Wilderness” need time and various listens so as to “feel” them accurately…