Jack’s Jams: Pinback
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 22:04
“Information Retrieved” is the fifth studio album by San Diego-based alternative band Pinback and was a great find on the shelves of Rainbow Records. The guy behind the counter assured me, “I’ve listened to all their albums and haven’t gone wrong yet.” Sure enough, he was right.
Originally released as an EP, the album is broken up into two halves—side A and side B. The first song on side A “Proceed To Memory” is a combination of indie and 90s punk music, and it is easily my favorite song on the album. The synthesized and guitar-based melody of it really help drive the song home. The next song “Glide” opens with a Nick Drake-esque acoustic guitar before the vocals and sound come in. Apart from the drums in certain parts, it is a very light sound, and the song is worthy of its name. “Drawstring” is a really good alt rocker, driven by the vocals and strong guitar. This song is one you could expect to hear on the radio or in a movie because it has that kind of feel about it. Despite the name, “Sherman” combines both Dr. Dog, Peter, Bjorn and John songs to create a fun, beat-driven sound. The vocals on this song are probably the strongest on the album. “His Phase,” the last song on side A, has an 80s rock beat mixed with indie sounding lo-fi vocals to create a brilliant song. The beat is probably the best part of the song because is relentless.
Side B opens with “Diminished,” a jazzy-feeling tune. The beat, plus the piano, helps make the song have a Brazilian bossa nova sound. The next song, “True North,” is a generic alternative song that might be played in a crucial scene on “Scrubs” or “How I Met Your Mother.” It is because of this familiarity, however, that this song works. “A Request” finds a light, airy beat. It is a relaxing song that is truly calming. “Denslow, You Idiot!” is more of that alternative mixed with 90’s punk feel about it. I really like the way this song sounds with the “oohing” in the background taking me back to the days when MTV actually played music videos. The final song, “Sediment” is a low-level song that mellows you to the core. It’s a perfect song to end the album.
Overall, “Information Retrieved” is a great album. It provides the perfect relaxing background to whatever you have to do whether it’s cleaning or writing a term paper. The guy behind the counter at Rainbow was right—you can’t go wrong with Pinback.