We first got wind of South Jersey psychedelic popsters Pine Barons when they landed on the lineup of the Caravan Music Festival this summer. Their clever, playful name got our attention, and their snappy music held it.
The band went on to have a pretty good several months, hitting the road with Central Pa. noisemakers The Districts for a month, tearing up songs from their debut self-titled EP (released back in March) and stopping by the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois, to record a session for the indie rock audio archivists.
The set is tight – it’s got an undeniable jam-bandy looseness and levity to it, but there’s also a sleek shimmer, a touch of other-worldly synthesizers and some shoutalong indie rock refrains. Says the ‘Trotter’s Sean Moeller:
The glum tapering of the [summer] season in songs that feel more alive than you’re probably thinking right now. Listen and you’ll hear the triumphant graveyard shifting of Creeper Lagoon or some mutant, less mahogany-covered version of the Beachwood Sparks. You’ll hear in them musky warmth, the smell of a toasty, wood-smoked flannel, rainbowed autumn trees and a night cut wide open by a spitting orange bonfire.
Stream Pine Barons’ Daytrotter session in its entirety here; if you’re a member, you can download it.