Pinegrove have shared new track "Orange", which is described by the band's Evan Stephens Hall as being a "waltz about the climate crisis".
"Orange" is the first new release from Pinegrove since their January album Amperland, NY, and is a song about the climate crisis, written during last year's wildfires in Oregon, which was one of the most destructive wildfire seasons on record for the state.
Evan Stephens Hall says, ""Orange", a waltz about the climate crisis, was written on the day in 2020 that the photos of Oregon's eerie, bloodshot sky circulated the internet. The song tries to balance outrage at those preventing progress - politicians elected in good faith to protect us who instead believe themselves celebrities - with the ethereal, almost dissociative feeling of being alive at the end of history. The mirage on offer by today's political theater does nothing to assuage our concerns as we watch where the money actually goes: the American military, one of the single greatest global sources of fossil fuel emissions. So for all who have on one hand heard the desperate scientific prognosis, and on the other seen the already-weak promises on the campaign trail traded in for endless wars - it's tough not to lose heart."
He continues, "This isn't a song trying to convince anyone that climate change is real. It's for people horrified at the government's inaction to what we can all see with our own eyes. As this summer progresses, breaking all sorts of records across the northern hemisphere, and the conclusion sinks further into our collective gut, it's essential for people with a microphone to start shouting, and in whatever way we can to affirm community, to step in and help one another cope in the absence of our government, and take seriously the need to organize for a better world."
Back in January Hall revealed that he "composed a whole album in 2020" and that Pinegrove had started recording it. "I don't know when it will come out," he added. "I hope it will come out sometime this year."