Piney Gir--mR. hYDE'S wILD rIDE CD + MP3

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, if we can draw your attention to the center ring, we present for you mR. hYDE'S wILD rIDE: twelve top pop stories about a young woman coming to terms with the hope and regret that accompanies love and loss. Piney Gir's easy way with melody belies an album of new and different shades to albums past, and the characters that populate these songs seem ready to tell it like it is, like Dorothy Parker's snappy comebacks, as surprising to them as to us.

Piney was raised in a religious household, where her fundamentalist parents didn't allow their daughter to listen to popular music until the age of 14. Growing up in rural Kansas certainly left a mark on her earlier albums, with outlets like NPR noting the similarities to country artists like Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline. On mR. hYDE'S wILD rIDE, though, she steers her ship into more pop-influenced waters. The result is a record that sounds both retro and futuristic, taking the listeners on -- ahem -- a wild ride over the course of 12 songs.

The fuzzy, buzzing "Gold Rules" - one of the album's kickoff singles - nods to the harmonized alt-pop of the Breeders. In the song's music video, Piney whips up a batch of miniature desserts before jumping onstage to perform with a band full of stringed marionettes. It's a sugar-sweet and utterly unique clip, two descriptors that also apply to the album as a whole. The first single, Keep It Together, is a lover's lament laced with urgency and optimism, piped-in directly from her spaceage, bachelorette pad.

As ever Piney's pulled together a stellar band, with members of Gaz Coombes and Emiliana Torrini's touring band jumping in on guitar, bass and drums alongside The Smith Brothers & regular collaborator Garo Nahoulakian takes a seat in the producer's chair. Andy Ramsay of Stereolab makes an appearance on drums; the bulk of the album was recorded in his South London studio. The rest was whipped-up in Piney's little Hackney Studio, small and perfectly formed like a musical toy box, chock-full of space echo, marimba, omnichord and pocket piano, which combine to create a euphoric indie-starshine. Think Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips alongside sparkling tableaux of Mercury Rev., the tunefulness of Grandaddy and riff-led counter-melodies like The Pixies.

After a decade spent in the UK it feels like Piney's finally made England hers by rediscovering America, re-imagined from London's rainy streets, channelling her inner Jekyll and Mister Hyde, "because there's two sides to everything, right?" These tunes beautifully stitch together English folk, American pop, mariachi moments, trail songs and baroque beats. Sometimes it's like an alternative musical history of a storybook amusement park ride. And need we mention, it's a wild ride you're gonna love...

Track List:
01. Gold Rules
02. Keep It Together
03. Tilt A Whirl
04. Universe
05. Purple Heart
06. Wildfire Wake Up
07. Wing and Prayer
08. Ugly Bones
09. Oh God You Devil
10. Yai Yai
11. Mouse of a Ghost
12. Gold Rules Reprise



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