Article by KevW
This week will see the release of 'The Heart Contortionists', an album that's been almost a decade in the making for Texans Pleasant Grove. The delay wasn't due to idleness though, and a turbulent few years has seen the band split and reform, as well as personal battles with drink, writer's block and divorce, all preventing the project from being completed. Pleasant Grove are now in a better place and sounding as good, if not better, than ever before. If first single 'Lava' was an indication that they were back in a big way, then 'Disintegration (Consider Your Brother)' confirms it.
It was with a mixture of alt-rock, psych and folk that the band made their name, and the ensuing years haven't changed their aesthetic too much, with this track taking classic songwriting to give us an upbeat alt-country vibe to begin with, before ramping up the sound with a simple but gritty riff and a rock-solid beat. Eerie guitar effects linger in the background giving a psychedelic feel and also a more alternative edge. It's another fine song from what looks set to be an album that will impress, and surely leave fans hoping they don't leave it so long next time.
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Buy: 'The Heart Contortionists'
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