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It Leads To This
The Pineapple Thief
The Pineapple Thief has unveiled their 16th studio album in a span of 25 years, “It Leads To This,” showcasing the profound musical prowess of Bruce Soord. The addition of Gavin Harrison in 2016 with the release of "Your Wilderness" marked a pivotal moment for the band. Since then, the consistent four-man lineup across their last five albums has elevated The Pineapple Thief to unprecedented heights, much to the delight of fans, including myself.
Gavin Harrison's drumming is a masterclass in both power and restraint, setting him apart in the music world. Having witnessed his performances with King Crimson and Porcupine Tree, it's within The Pineapple Thief that his nuanced approach truly shines, adding a subtle lift to the music that's hard to find elsewhere. (A listen to Porcupine Tree's "Lazarus" exemplifies what I’m talking about.)
While it embraces the serene soundscapes characteristic of Soord's work, it ventures further, incorporating heavier and edgier elements that create a well-rounded auditory experience. This album has quickly become my favorite from The Pineapple Thief...
Their latest release, "It Leads To This," is a meticulously crafted 40-minute ear-fest. While it embraces the serene soundscapes characteristic of Soord's work, it ventures further, incorporating heavier and edgier elements that create a well-rounded auditory experience. This album has quickly become my favorite from The Pineapple Thief, standing out for its richness, cohesiveness, and balance.
We're excited to feature a significant portion of this album in Prog Radio's New Music rotation, perfectly bridging our melodic and metal selections. I'm particularly looking forward to sharing it with our listeners during the "What's New Proggy Cat" segment on Monday.