From the forthcoming album "Summer's Parting Ways"
Following the psychedelic loop-forests of Eight Thousander, the tired-eyed pop of his 2x7" split with Orick, and the bedroom nostalgiac Highschool Guitar 12", Brian Grainger returns to Attacknine with a new single for Summer.
Pine Valley is a sunwarmed joyride of detuned electric guitars, fuzzy organ pedalbass, crashing waves of feedback, and lethargic drum machines - an instrumental micro-symphony for open car windows, seabreeze, stoned backseats, and teenagers making out on porch swings at dusk.
While most listeners are likely more familiar with Grainger's more electronic work as Milieu or Coppice Halifax, or even the droning ambient recordings he's issued under his own name elsewhere, this side of his work may yet surprise you, having more in common with alternative bands in the 1990s than any of the aforementioned material.
Pine Valley is especially significant as it heralds the long-rumored opus of sad magic Summer's Parting Ways, an album that has been in progress on one level or another since 2007's Clover Farm EP (and recorded especially for Attacknine). It comes with a suitably sun-dazed video by Nick Huntington, and is backed by the b-side Passing, an outtake from the Summer's Parting Ways session recordings, itself brimming with quiet wistfulness that offers a welcome comedown after the euphoric surf of Pine Valley.
Following this single will be other selected tracks, presented with b-sides/videos of their own, to lead up to and further contextualize the Summer's Parting Ways release. Also be on the lookout for the announcement of Summer's Parting Ways as early copies will ship with a bonus disc containing a second album's worth of outtakes, covers and alternate mixes!
Massive and sprawling collection of mostly guitar-based (probably other sounds woven into these tracks) ambience and electronica. This huge release seems to have moved quite far away from his more beat-oriented past, but the end results are still, to me, highly enjoyable and reminiscent of the ambience and atmosphere that I've come to associate with this project. Cody Drasser