Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal’

After a number of different releases and years of touring, Montclair, New Jersey’s Pinegrove have offered their finest work to date with their newest LP, Cardinal. The band’s captivating blend of indie rock, pop and country elements is more vivid, fine-tuned, and addictive than ever before. Vocalist/guitarist Evan Stephens Hall and drummer Zack Levine (drums) form a core that has been playing together since early childhood. Painting his emotions onto these songs with colorful and kinetic strokes, Hall moves through Cardinal’s eight songs with unforgettable energy and passion, with a vocal performance that is pleasantly reminiscent of Will Oldham and Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch. The band are playing a few UK shows , plus this  newly released track, it’s a new song from the new batch of tracks that we just recorded. we don’t have any more official info to give u on those recordings right now but we can tell u that they are finished & ready & we are really proud & as a celebration we are releasing one song. it’s called intrepid. one of the things these new songs explore is the emotional & creative experience of geometric space. this song in particular considers distance, the outer rim of the magnet’s pull. how the size of the world can bring our personal relationships into focus.

We’re offering Cardinal and the rest of our catalogue up for ‘pay what you want’ & donating all the proceeds to Southern Poverty Law Center. Please give what you can.


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Philly indie folk band Mt. Joy, dives into this idea of chasing your dreams and finding the meaning of true happiness. Take the new song “Cardinal,”  When discussing how the song came to be, singer Matt Quinn shares, “I saw a cardinal flying around in the snow, and joked with a friend that maybe he just got high or something and missed his flight south for the winter.

That Cardinal really seemed to be thriving out there though. A lot of people I love are a lot like that cardinal, so this song is for them. Not everyone takes the traditional path, and that’s really what makes the world interesting. So, if you’re truly happy, don’t let other people try to tell you how to live.” Give the track a spin in the player above.


With over 3.6 million streams on their previous single “Astrovan” which was released last fall, and 1.8 million streams on their single “Sheep,” which was released earlier this year, Mt. Joy has a promising career ahead and we’re excited to be along for the ride! The band is currently recording their first full-length album, but fans can catch the guys on tour later this summer.


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“Cadmium” by Pinegrove from the CD/LP/Tape/Digital “Cardinal” available on Run For Cover Records released February 12th,2016. Pinegrove leader Evan Stephens Hall hinted at songwriting genius with earlier recordings, but Cardinal is a revelation of tunes not reliant on predictable song structure. The record sounds like the unveiling of a band out to make a career — sturdy melodies, lyrical depth, and a general sense of ease.a childhood band turns into a grown-up band, with life-long friends finding their footing with tunes equally comfortable in the alt-country and emo scenes. For the eight songs that sound like a modernized, Americana-informed mixture of American Football, Something to Write Home About-era Get Up Kids and Stay What You Are-era Saves the Day, we hear the stress, loneliness and reconciling adulthood with what we thought adulthood would be dealt with more honestly and directly than normal, each song containing a line or two that plainly summarize a myriad of feelings in just a few words. Life is full of ups and downs, fuck-ups and reconciliations, and at the end of the day Pinegrove wants us to know it’s all (probably) going to be okay. The band originate from Montclair, New Jersey.

Pinegroves Evan Stephens Hall performs on Audiotree Live, April 30, 2016.


“Aphasia” by Pinegrove from their 2016 album, “Cardinal”, on Run For Cover Records.

Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. But in Pinegrove’s beautifully sentimental track “Aphasia” all impairment has been let loose, finally revealing the speaker’s true intentions and feelings of love. The song starts simply, with just Evan Stephens Halls’ vocals and guitar but builds and bursts along with the narrator’s confidence and happiness over finally getting the words out until we reach the end and the song breaks down again when it appears as though the feelings expressed were not reciprocated by it’s intended. “Aphasia” is wonderfully constructed and one that deserves repeated listens to truly appreciate the beauty and intensity of the song, which can also be said about Cardinal as a whole. Like the rest of Pinegrove’s excellent debut LP, it delicately straddles the line between punk, country, and emo, making Cardinal a strong contender for many year-end best-of lists.

Pinegrove is currently on an international tour, with no current Seattle dates. Keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter to see if they’ll be in your town soon. For now, here’s a fun tour video for “New Friends”, another song to love from the debut album Cardinal:

Pinegrove — Cardinal

Is it time for a Saddle Creek revival? Pinegrove thinks so. If you like your indie rock with a hint of twang, emo vocal-cord abuse, and Conor Oberst-worthy histrionics, this New Jersey group has the ideal record to quietly sob into your drink with. Songs like Old Friends,” “Aphasia,” and “Waveform” tear at your heart with bleary-eyed tales of loss, betrayal, and regret. Play it for a friend who only listens to Wilco.

Pinegrove gave us something singular yet familiar, an album that breathes or, more accurately, sighs — as if it’s the most natural progression in the world. On Cardinal, Evan Stephens Hall applies basement DIY’s detail-oriented logorrhea to melancholy roots rock, artfully dissecting his quarter-life neuroses against a backdrop of banjo, pedal steel, and shimmering waves of electric guitar. The music expertly surges and soars in service of Hall’s every word, lending powerful emotional weight to his reflections on the value of personal connection. His complicated turns of phrase work surprisingly well as barroom sing-alongs, but moments of simple profundity like “I should call my parents when I think of them/ I should tell my friends when I love them” are what continually send tingles down the spine