Pine - Twelve Hour Collision
Mellow and simple, Pine is back with a their new EP, Twelve Hour Collision. Being their fourth release with one EP, Speeding (2001), behind them and two albums Longplayer (2002) and Akira Sunrise (2004), you would think with their past successes this EP would be something special. There is nothing outstanding here; the pop melodies have an overall bland, wishy-washy vibe about them. Maybe too laid back in their approach and sound, it's tricky to look past the mild mannered tracks, instead searching for something a little more adventurous.
The Lo-fi sound adds to the lack of depth within these tracks. However, in saying that the opening track does hold promise. Smartest Kid has a sweet, delicate feel, which has a catchy ring to it. The EP progresses with Siren, nothing offensive here, the guitar work is creative, but again where's the wow factor? Yes - there are some engaging harmonies, Complicated demonstrates that, but the general theme is purely college pop rock. Don't Pine want to reach out a little further? Hosanna has a sweet tone, initially, but opens up into a bit of a mess of guitar and vocals.
The bonus live tracks don't really add anything memorable to the EP either. So Long explores a warping, synth sound that isn't really in synch with the rest of the tracks. Recording some of the tracks live on their Backroom and Lounge Rooms Tour was a cosy touch, proving that this 3-piece band are obviously talented musicians and can entertain, but their edge needs to be sharpened if they are to produce a more inspiring, elating energy. Gentle and perhaps even placid in places, let's hope that their next album entices the listener out of their bed and onto their feet.