In The Pines In The Pines

Kansas City’s In The Pines may take themselves a little seriously at times, but that’s just ’cause they like subjects with a little weight. Sure, they sing love songs but they’re sung like they’re being read from the Old Testament, about the lost loves of long-forgotten prophets. It’s heavy, spooky stuff that’s rich with swaying, mournful strings, minor-key banjos and whispered warnings, seemingly rolling through dustbowls to escape your speakers. If In The Pines sound like anything it’s ghosts coming down from the mountains, full of loss and warning. This is a completely successful debut that’s not only evocative and unnerving but emotionally gripping and alluring. Somewhere, A Northern Chorus are proud that their Southern brethren haven’t lost the art of the sweeping murder ballad. (Second Nature)