Release Date: Aug 12, 2016
Record label: Kscope
Review Summary: The Pineapple Thief step into the wilderness, and while the resulting album is not as adventurous as it could be, it is nonetheless a captivating journeyThe aptly titled Your Wilderness sees The Pineapple Thief in a period of rediscovery. Recent predecessors have paralleled the paths of contemporaries Porcupine Tree and Anathema: lessening the progressive rock influences in favor of more electronic and alternative music styles. This has made for more straightforward outcomes, but now finally given way to more adventurous songwriting, due mainly to the addition of a new band member.
Opener "In Exile" is haunted by the sound of Steve Kitch's mellotron hovering behind Harrison's popping snare and tom-toms. They're eventually given flight by Charles' blistering guitar breaks. The chorus contains a small but pronounced hook, making it a perfect candidate for a single. It's followed by "No Man's Land." In his best subdued tenor, Soord relates loneliness and separation accompanied by a lovely meld of piano and acoustic guitar.
If nothing else, the Pineapple Thief has been the victim of lazy comparisons. The tagline for the AllMusic biography of the English rock group reads, “Prolific British prog rock band who incorporate the sounds of Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, and Muse into a sprawling, experimental experience. ” This description is for many the summation of what the Pineapple Thief does with its music: it cobbles together other styles rather than forging its own.