‘Information Retrieved’ (Temporary Residence)
Hmm. Something’s different. Pinback built their reputation on tension – sure, their Death Cab-esque grooves have always retained a lovelorn charm, but a brittle sense of the jitters made their output feel unnerving and riveting. Here, that gives way to the strident chimes of ‘Proceed To Memory’, while anthemic closer ‘Sediment’ is as close as they’ve come to a lighters-aloft torch song. The change becomes Pinback rather well, with newfound self-assurance adding warmth to their melodic nous: sweet and soulful.