Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
Record label: Virgin
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Alison Sudol's third outing under the moniker A Fine Frenzy couldn’t be more different (thematically) from 2009's often pained and introverted Bomb in a Birdcage. While the natural world has always served as a backdrop for her hypnotic blend of folk, art rock, and indie pop, it's never been given the whole stage with which to strut and fret its hour, but the appropriately titled Pines changes all that, offering up 13 meditations on biology and topography that stem from the artist's concerns about the speed of life in the 21st century. Inspired by a sojourn to the redwoods and Washington's Cascade mountains, Pines, which is accompanied by a companion e-book and short animated film, follows the story of a tree that's been given the gift of free will.
Alison Sudol, A Fine Frenzy‘s driving creative force, has a Tumblr. The online blog is filled with Mary Oliver poems, adorable animals that pretty much always require an, “Aww”, and photos of lush forests filled with–as you might have guessed–pines. It’s an incredibly appropriate accompaniment to this 13-track album, recorded during a rainy week before Christmas in Los Angeles.