Pine: Twelve Hour Collision
By Tony Parker
Officially an EP, but more of a mini album with its seven new tracks and three live recordings, ‘Twelve Hour Collision’ is Christchurch’s Pine at their lo-fi pop best. Right from the start Stephen McCarthy and Hannah and Aaron Beehre exhibit their mastery of the simple well-crafted pop song. Catchy melodies and a sonic palette allow the band to effortlessly move from loud to quiet and back again. Acoustic guitar, keyboards and brushed snare drum usher in the album on the gentle opener Smartest Kid, creating a pastoral feel echoed also on the summery Complicated. Elsewhere the guitars and drums are turned up for the slow burning Siren and the jangle of the title track. Short, sharp and catchy, ‘Twelve Hour Collision’ is full of instant appeal and maintains Pine’s status as pure purveyors of infectious indie-pop.