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Sage

(Just Friends; US: 19 Jan 2010; UK: Import)

Sage, the debut album from the Pinecones, is a blast from the past. Sonically, it’s a dense listen, bringing to mind some of the more catchy tracks that a certain Liverpool foursome wrote in India back in ’68. Yes, the Pinecones write near-perfect psychedelic pop. What makes Sage a remarkable achievement, however, is that this flowery-and-expanding record was crafted in Toronto, which isn’t exactly a haven for summery sounds, yet the Pinecones give into its inner flower child, combining swift, psychedelic choruses with deliciously meandering verses.


Opportunities arise for the Pinecones to show its blue-blooded, Neil Young-esque sound (most notably on the groovy, scorching “Ardmore Jenny”). Perhaps the Pinecones will lead the true new wave of psychedelic pop-rock. The band gets its elbows up and throw its weight around in punchy rhythms, but things never get, well, too heavy. It’s a dense, sonic balance that these four dudes ought to be proud of.

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Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He's contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.


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