Posts Tagged ‘Meridian’

Pinegrove began in January 2010 with the release of their first EP titled Mixtape One. The members had met and bonded through “Terry’s Serendipity Cafe”, a monthly music show planned by Montclair students nights in New Jersey. Pinegrove is the Brooklyn based project of Nandi Plunkett, Evan Hall, and brothers Zack and Nick Levine. The latter three of the group all grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, but it wasn’t until Hall met Plunkett at Kenyon College that the music of Pinegrove began to develop.

After relocating back to Montclair and then on to Brooklyn the group created Meridian, their debut album. They released their second EP in July 2013 titled &. In June of 2014, Pinegrove released their third EP, titled Mixtape Two.Pinegrove has created a sound all their own, highlighted by syncopated guitar lines, driving percussion, and delectable harmonies from Plunkett and Hall. Take a listen to “The Metronome” below and make sure to pick up your copy of Meridian through the groups Bandcamp page. In early 2015, Pinegrove released a compilation cassette titled Everything So Far. In October 2015, Pinegrove signed to Run for Cover Records. After signing to the label, they re-issued their compilation cassette, adding two new songs called “New Friends” and “Angelina”.

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Performed by:
Evan Stephens Hall
Zack Levine
Nick Levine
Nandi Plunkett
Aidan Feliciano

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Zola Blood are the Hackney Wick based threesome that have left nothing to chance with their debut EP “Meridian”. Having been holed up in their studio for 12 months writing and developing their sound, this week they were finally ready to let the world listen. Already gaining critical acclaim from their release of debut track ‘Grace’, the band have gone from zero to hero since then.

With a sell-out debut show at East London’s Shacklewell Arms, backing from the likes of NME and The Fader, and an impressively large following all under their belts, we definitely had to know more. We caught up with them in the run up to their EP release to talk about how they got started, the importance of sound design, and being desperate to play live.

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ZOLA BLOOD – ” Meridian “

Posted: January 30, 2015 in MUSIC
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London’s indie-pop outfit Zola Blood  and their debut EP,  ahead of its release on Pond Life.

On top of showing off the fabulous calibre of “Meridian”, the four-piece were also kind enough to run through each track in detail.

“Grace”
“Grace started off with a really simple beat and the vocal line with a completely different chord progression. There were two parts that came late on and really changed the direction of the song; the lead synth line that bubbles and pushes the whole thing along and the lazy guitar drone in the chorus. They both gave it a really languid feel that seeped into the other parts and helped shape the whole thing. It’s about an argument with someone and is pretty hateful really, but there’s an apology at the end.”

“Leaves”
“This one was a bit awkward and changed a lot. The first demos had acoustic drums and lots of competing ideas, it didn’t really work. We were struggling a bit for inspiration until Ed made this turbulent arpeggio sound. We started messing with filters and effects on top and found it gave the whole track a new dynamic. We decided to scrap most of the drums and pretty much started from scratch with the synth as the driving rhythm. The title comes from a Sylvia Plath poem called Gold Mouths that’s about an old bronze statue who’s seen the leaves of a thousand Autumns.”

“Meridian”
“Meridian was the first song we wrote as Zola Blood. I’d had the lyrics for a while and we wrote most of the song on acoustic guitars, which is quite rare for us. We’d just moved into our studio and bought a Prophet 08 so had all these new sounds to play with. We changed the chords at the end at the very last minute and it lifted the song into a different place. It’s a bit more optimistic than the other songs. It’s about moving to London.”

“Eyes Open”
“This song is a kind of meditation around the arpeggiated synth line which rolls throughout and sits on top of a kind of bluesy atmosphere. We messed around with a lot ethereal sounds to create that feeling – like the pitch-shifted vocal echoing the guitar line, and the random textures that make up the drum track. Oh, and there’s a fuck off guitar solo.”

Now you know the context of each track, soak in the sumptuous sonics and banish those Monday woes with tip-top synth-based indie-pop with emotive refrains and Foals-style falsettos.