Pinegrove, “Moment”

Digital Single (Rough Trade)
It’s impossible to talk about the Montclair sextet without bringing up frontman Evan Stephens Hall’s confusing and disconcerting coercion allegations from a few years ago. Everything about the story was hard to get a handle on — from the fuzzy details to Hall’s even more oblique statement — and you can feel the unease on their new single and first for UK powerhouse Rough Trade. The guitars are characteristically gorgeous, but ESH sounds extra strained here, struggling to enjoy the moment even though he’s not where he wants to be.

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