There was certainly a higher level of dynamics and fan enthusiasm around the Pineapple Thief’s 2016 release “Your Wilderness”, the first to feature drummer Gavin Harrison. Now two years later, they are back with an all new studio release titled “Dissolution” extending their music to new heights, showcasing even more developed songwriting and technical prowess. Guest musician David Torn also provides his off-kilter abstract guitar tones on the song White Mist.
The dark consequences of living in a world where everything is played out on a public stage becomes the thread for Dissolution, an album that is presented in 5.1 96kHz / 24-bit DTS Master Audio and LPCM 96kHz / 24-bit hi-res stereo audio on a Blu-ray disc, or bundled in a four disc collector’s edition. Songwriter Bruce Soord explains, “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.”
Recorded across the UK, band members shared ideas via instant messenger. Both Soord and Harrison mixed the album, adding to a growing list of engineering credits for each of them. Final touches were handled by the band's keyboardist Steve Kitch, who mastered this release.
While I only will be reviewing the stand alone Blu-ray here, for collectors I will note that the four disc deluxe edition is package in a large 10.5” book that contains 2 CD’s, a DVD and Blu-ray. The first CD contains the album, while the second CD contains bonus material exclusive to the deluxe edition. Apparently the DVD and Blu-ray contain the same material, and thus it is the Blu-ray with the surround sound and hi-res album that will be reviewed below. But, if you want the Deluxe Edition, I strongly recommend pre-ordering it now, as copies of the deluxe edition of Your Wilderness quickly sold oout.
Scheduled for release August 31, 2018