words by tom johnson
photograph by colette pomerleau
While Portland’s music scene is still often led by its deep-seated reputation with guitar-led indie rock (from Sleater Kinney to The Shins, The Decemberists and much more), Sam Pinkerton has traveled from her previous Nashville home to add some gleaming electropop to the city’s scene, releasing her It’s Not Anymore EP in October, and preceding it today with the elegant haze of new track ‘Perennial’, which we’re very pleased to share below.
As with all tracks of this nature, it’s the way that the glistening exterior is counter-balanced by a half-buried sense of poignancy that makes the whole thing linger for that little bit longer. “I don’t always have you, I don’t always want to” Pinkerton sings as the previously sturdy instrumentation – all clipped percussive beats and warm electronics – drops away at the tracks mid-point, exposing not only that simmering lead voice but also the narrative that underpins the tightly-knit atmosphere that is both palpable and pertinent from the outset.
Warm and welcoming (despite the icy undertones) and beautifully restrained throughout, Perennial is a gem of an introduction to Prolly Knot’s work – and you can stream the new track here right now.
‘It’s Not Anymore’ EP is self-released on October 20th