With their new LP The Bower, the indie rock outfit Pigeons moves from a duo to a trio configuration, with Rob Smith (drums and harmony vocals) joining the core duo of Wednesday Knudsen (guitar, woodwinds, vocals) and Clark Griffin (bass). To say Pigeons have rounded out their sound is redundant after hearing a dreamy, multi-layered tune like “Two Years on Land”, whose slightly dated sounding production coats the music in nostalgia. There’s also a starkness to the song, perhaps owed to the spare recording space of The Bower, which is the name of the Austerlitz, New York studio where the LP was recorded.
To get the best detail on “Two years on Land”, however, one need only read the vivid words of Knudsen, who tells PopMatters, “All the songs on The Bower are very seasonal. ‘Two Years on Land’ is a mid-spring landscape, fluorescent in an intoxication of color. With the strange new greens of the first warm day comes a fantasy. Emissaries of this moment of change are the efts, young newts, briefly terrestrial, with bright orange skin and even-brighter orange spots. What was so long the same becomes suddenly, and wonderfully, an elsewhere.
“The song’s 3/4 time propels this waltzing off of thought into daydream while also reminding of a certain permanence—of place, of routine, of all the constants that can never change as the heart and mind do. The lone figure in this setting, the voice of the song, wanders between the here and there—until absorbed in the double rhythm that has split apart.”
“Fluorescent in an intoxication of color”, indeed. Hear the colors come to life below:
The Bower, which is limited to 500 copies, is out on 25 May via MIE.