Dissolution is the follow-up album to 2016’s Your Wilderness, and is the band’s second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison. Due for release on 31st August.
The new material establishes The Pineapple Thief’s intent to elevate themselves to new heights, with a desire to develop their songwriting and technical capabilities, and with artwork created by iconic design agency Stylorouge, whose previous work includes Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Blur and British film Trainspotting. The album concept tells of the often dark consequences of living in a society in which everything is played out on a public stage, a theme paralleled in the cover art, which was created by ‘glitching’ the original photographs.
Songwriter Bruce Soord explains “broadly speaking the title reflects the disintegration of relationships and the undoing of our social fabric. In a time when we are supposed to be bound closer together than ever, I have never felt so apart from the world. We are living through a revolution and right now I am not sure it’s a good one. Lyrically this is the most vivid I have been.”
Burning Shed now has Dissolution available to pre-order in multiple formats (CD, BluRay, deluxe CD/DVD/BluRay set, regular and crystal clear vinyl), along with supporting swag (tshirt, hoodie, tote bag). The Pineapple Thief have also announced European tour dates for September-October 2018 and March 2019. When I talked with Bruce Soord at last year’s Progtoberfest, he was hoping the band could also play the US this time around — fingers crossed. Based on the evidence from the Thief’s Where We Stood live video, the upcoming tour could be one to remember!
In the meantime, here’s the first song released from Dissolution, “Far Below” — an eerie, desperate breakneck stomp in 5/8. Soord, Harrison and the rest of The Pineapple Thief definitely feel like a winning combination here. Dig it!
— Rick Krueger