English quartet The Pineapple Thief are quite the idiosyncratic band. Formed fifteen years ago (in the aftermath of mastermind Bruce Soord's former outlet, Vulgar Unicorn), the group has spent the last several years producing sublime blends of emotional songwriting, intricate-yet-accessible arrangements, and touches of electronic production. In fact, their past few albums, such as 'Tightly Unwound,' 'Someone Here is Missing,' and 2012's 'All the Wars,' are among the most popular offerings on the Kscope label (which is home to many other genre stars, including Amplifier, Anathema, Blackfield, Gazpacho, Katatonia, Nosound, and Steven Wilson).
Fortunately, Soord is also extremely prolific, so he never waits too long before creating his next masterpiece. On September 16th, The Pineapple Thief will release ‘Magnolia,’ a collection of songs that’s guaranteed to feel like a proper successor to ‘All the Wars,’ as it “expands its musical horizons beyond the progressive sphere [and] represents the ultimate culmination of songwriter and guitarist Bruce Soord's ongoing quest to raise spirits and connect. A devastating yet uplifting collection of 12 beautifully crafted songs, it showcases the band's intuitive chemistry and soulful demeanor, cramming a vast array of emotional shades and inspirational ideas.”
Soord elaborates by saying that his primary ambition with the band is to “write catchy songs that stay with people. The striking thing is that there are no long tunes...all I care about now is writing a good song. I don't think about whether it's rock or progressive or commercial or anything like that. As time went on, I discovered I could say everything I wanted to say within a shorter period of time." Indeed, The Pineapple Thief’s catalogue is already bursting with wonderful songs, such as “All the Wars,” “Barely Breathing,” and “My Debt to You.”