After three albums released to acclaim, Pinegrove are shifting towards the future. First, they signed with the iconic Rough Trade record label. Next, the band decided to release their very first music video. It’s that clip for their single, “Phase”, that you will find above.
“Phase” puts emphasis on the vocals and the incredibly catchy melody. This is a strong choice, as much of the beauty of the song is in the poetic lyrics. “In the lap of confusing moon / I’m reduced to an estranged illusion / I’m consumed by all the shit in my room,” Evan Stephens Hall sings, pairing imagery with concrete language and shooting it out with a clever pace. All the while, Zack Levine’s drum beat keeps flowing, tethering everything down.
The clip breaks from the poignancy of the lyrics and instead launches from sleeplessness. Comedically, the clip follows a sleepwalker as he moves through the city with just enough grace to pass for awake, but not enough awareness as to not interrupt the lives of those around him. Eventually, he stumbles into Pinegrove as they practice. Perhaps the energy of the song had drawn the tranced-out character towards them.
Pinegrove’s third album, Marigold, will be released on Rough Trade on January 17th, 2020. To hear more from Pinegrove, you can find them on their website, Bandcamp, and Facebook page. You can also follow the band on Twitter.