For practically 15 years, Pineross has been a way for Kevin Larkin to specific his emotions in avant-garde actions. The place his self-titled debut album explored themes of the dying Previous West, Dragon is an experimental indie pop examination of the fashionable Southwest. Brave, harrowing, and invoked with an autumnal spirit, the newest Pineross effort, Dragon, is one other pure extension of Larkin. It showcases his present frame of mind about him as an artist whose pandemic story introduced him to write down songs alongside an Arizona mountainside.
Pineross tells PopMatters, “That is the third Pineross LP I’ve launched over the previous 14 years, they usually have all emerged throughout massive transitions in my life—principally when transferring to a brand new place. I consider every album as a really private exploration of creativity, extra centered on the studio course of versus a stay undertaking. I at all times meet new collaborators when recording, and the music takes on the texture of the place it was recorded – every has felt like a ‘idea album’ that approach.”
“For the brand new album, I had written a number of songs through the pandemic within the Dragoon mountains of Southern Arizona. Being new to the world, I used to be deeply affected by the fantastic thing about the desert and the underlying disappointment of the 1000’s of migrants who stroll by it yearly looking for a greater life. It’s a stunningly lovely place, probably the most biodiverse areas within the nation. Beneath it, all is an extended historical past of violence.”
Larkin weaves this newest Pineross story by no typical means. The opening observe, “Forgotten Angle”, meditates on its unifying refrain (“we will not exist alone”). Its ambling vibe exists inside the house between Ennio Morricone and Andrew Fowl, invoking a cinematic fruits of natural devices that start to invoke refined, whirring digital breakbeats at its halfway level.
Pineross continues to showcase a penchant for offbeat musical expression by the electropop of “Any Colour” and its stellar keyboard solo, in addition to the titular “Dragoon” and its ambient exploration of soul, surf, and digital tones. All of it comes along with the closing ballad “I Can Nonetheless Keep in mind”, providing one other stirring meditation as digital percussion crackles round Larkin’s ruminative vocal cadence and a stunning piano forefront.
Pineross continues, “The songs that I had written actually slot in effectively with a set of unreleased soundtrack music that I had laying round since a number of years in the past. Someday I wrote all the titles down, and it was instantly clear that there was an album there—every little thing was in the correct order with key adjustments, transitions, and the arc of a narrative. Then I knew it was time to start out recording!”
Pineross shares a ticket with Desert Fantasy as they each rejoice their album releases at Tucson’s Membership Congress on 21 September. Pineross will likely be joined by Pink Herring Puppets, who will play an integral half in his visible efficiency by providing projections and shadow puppetry to the present.
Reflecting on the connection between Dragon and puppetry, Pineross says, “Lisa Sturz from Pink Herring Puppets was one of many first artists that I met after transferring to Tucson. Over the previous few years, I’ve organized and produced the music for a handful of her exhibits, and I at all times knew that I needed to make a music video together with her. She steered collaborating in one in every of their Puppet Slams the place I might sing a music, and she or he would puppeteer.”
“We ended up making a shadow puppet sequence for a number of songs on the album—a narrative of migrants crossing the border for a greater life whereas going through incomprehensible challenges. Puppets have a very highly effective aesthetic; they add a component of softness and whimsy to tales with heavy subject material. All through human historical past, they’ve helped us discover pleasure in instances of wrestle. We’ll carry out for the album launch after which put out the music video model someday within the subsequent few months.”