British prog-rock band The Pineapple Thief return with their 11th album in their 17 year career. The songs on Your Wilderness are more minimalist than is typical for the genre. Soft vocals and guitars (with heavier guitars at times) and interesting percussion. The underlying theme that ties these songs together is using wilderness as a metaphor for the human condition. Several of these songs, particularly the first two tracks, have loneliness as their main theme. A common criticism of many contemporary bands recording under the “progressive rock” banner is that a lot of them sound the same and there isn’t a whole lot of new territory explored, but there is much to enjoy about this album if you are willing to give it the patience it requires. You will notice more details such as very minimalist synth touches that appear in the background giving it just the tiniest bit of atmosphere it needs, despite the guitar, drums and vocals being the centerpiece.
Play: 1, 2, 3, 6
RIYL: Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, Muse, Coheed & Cambria