Pinegrove – “Orange”
Pinegrove have released an acoustic version of a new song called “Orange.” It’s the band’s first new track since last year’s Marigold and frontman Evan Stephens Hall debuted it in a video shot while in a boat that’s floating on a pond at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock. “orange, a waltz about the climate crisis, was written on the day in 2020 that the photos of oregon’s eery, bloodshot sky circulated the internet,” the band wrote in a statement, continuing:
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 etherial, 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, & on the other seen the already-weak promises on the campaign trail traded in for endless wars—it’s tough not to lose heart. 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, & the conclusion sinks further into our collective gut, it’s essential for people with a microphone to start shouting, & in whatever way we can to affirm community, to step in & help one another cope in the absence of our government, & take seriously the need to organize for a better world.
UPDATE (8/25): The band has shared a studio version of “Orange”:
Pinegrove are about to head out on tour.