Last month, PINS released their moodily infectious sophomore album Wild Nights, which we designated Album Of The Week. On 8/21, they’re releasing “Dazed By You,” one of the album’s jangly tracks indebted to ’60s pop, as a single. B-side “Live And Let Go” is a fitting companion, offering up a darker echo of the same decade. Like the stuff that made Wild Nights, “Live And Let Go” was recorded at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree with Hayden Scott and Dave Catching (who, in addition to being a co-owner and founder of Rancho De La Luna, has played with Queens Of The Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal). On this one, Catching also provided backup vocals, and that foreboding rattling throughout the track is courtesy of Scott playing a rattle removed from an actual rattlesnake(!). The band cites Tarantino films as an early influence on the track, and credit their desert surroundings as the perfect place to have brought it to fruition. There’s definitely a lot of that in “Live And Let Go”—the fried, psychedelic strut here comes off like the Manchester, UK quintet figured out how to capture the American desert air in sonic form. Given its mix of smoky cool and frayed sinisterness, it also wouldn’t sound out of place on the current season of True Detective. Hopefully PINS continue to spend some time in the American desert. Its ethos fits them well.
“Dazed By You” b/w “Live And Let Go” is out 8/21 on Bella Union.