Posted July 14, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Pinegrove Emphasizes ‘Power of Resilience’

Pinegrove photo credit Daniel Topete.
Pinegrove photo credit Daniel Topete.

Indie rockers Pinegrove just shared the music video to “Endless,” a participially poignant alt-country-ish tune from their new album, Marigold.

“In this video we wanted to explore tenacity and endurance of spirit,” says singer Evan Stephens Hall in a press release. “In this moment of turbulence in our country, as many of us are banding together to fight racism, to stay healthy in a pandemic and to live with dignity through economic oppression, we believe in the power of resilience and perseverance. Keep going. It’s working.”

Director Brian Paccione agrees.

“I learned so much from nature while making this for us — I learned to listen to it, respond to it, and collaborate with it,” he says. “I was not in charge — and I hope this special relationship is reflected in the work. I hope you all see a part of your own emotional life in our little seed’s journey.”

Pinegrove has also released an expanded version of Marigold which is out digitally now. Marigold (Expanded Edition) includes an alternate version of “No Drugs” from the Skylight album sessions, and an acoustic version of “Phase.”

Formed in 2010 in Montclair, NJ by childhood friends hall and drummer Zack Levine, Pinegrove has leased three previous albums to massive critical acclaim. Hall named the band after a “beautiful and regulated, yet natural and messy” grid of pine trees on his college grounds. “

‘The Pinegrove’ was a place of introspection, repose and spiritual serenity, and a place he had established to be creatively fertile,” says Hall. “That influence — the peace found in nature and contemplation — is a theme in his songwriting.”

Levine describes Pinegrove as a “constellation of soulmates.” At 30 years old, Levine and Hall have known each other for 25 years and have been playing music together for twenty, communicating via a “telepathic musical connection.” Sam Skinner engineered and co-produced the record, as he has on every Pinegrove recording since 2015. 

While there is room for ambiguity in Hall’s storytelling, its thesis is anchored as always in “radical empathy.”

“This is music that makes a humble yet confident case for inclusiveness and community, for tenderness and patience in a world that sometimes seems to have other plans,” reads the press release about the music video.

“This is a lifelong project,” Levine says, “We’re always thinking about how to be better humans and humanists. It’s about how to keep going, and to respond to the world as it is right now.”

Pinegrove photo credit: Daniel Topete