KINK Community Review "The Pines"
November 3, 2011, 9:14 am
The Pines at the Wonder Ballroom
KINK Community member Cynthia Orlando
The Pines - "Tremelo"
I'll admit I'd never heard of the
Pines until their October performance with Mason Jennings at Portland's Wonder
Ballroom. Maybe that's for the
better, since the din of the rather rambunctious crowd made it close to
impossible to hear lyrics or music.
Still, it was easy to detect their
indie-folk melodies relay a peaceful yet powerful experience that merits both
listener attention and radio airplay.
Iowans David Huckfelt and Benson
Ramsey comprise The Pines, who currently reside in Minneapolis. The "Tremelo" CD opens with
"Pray Tell," a sweet but mournful song conveying one's sense of being
at a loss for words at man's inhumanity to man. "Where are the people with
the rebel yell?," asks lead singer Huckfelt.
Yes, it's a bit of a dark and
foreboding opening track...but wait - there's more.
Their song "Heart and
Bones" reminds me of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." Why? Their
music styles are in totally different genres, but both are examples of how when
a simple love song is sung with deep, direct and heartfelt desire, it's
immediately catapulted to an out-of-this world category. It's sometimes hard to
find meaningful music in today's hectic world...but it's a sure bet that many
lovers disconnected by time, space or circumstance will take this one to heart.
The Pines released their debut
self-titled album on the Iowa-based Trailer Records in 2004, establishing
themselves as an emerging force in the roots music world with their haunting
blend of indie-rock, folk, and blues with intelligent lyrics. Steadily touring around the country,
they've shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including Bon
Iver, The Holmes Brothers, Jolie Holland, The Arcade Fire, and Spider John
Still unsure whether the music of
this wonderful group is up your alley? Pull up "Shiny Shoes" on
iTunes - it's a good example of what the rest of "Tremelo" holds in
store for the discerning ear.