Those familiar with The Pineapple Thief may realise the title of this EP is taken from a track on their 2012 release “All The Wars”. This EP however contains three brand new tracks, alongside the aforementioned ‘Build A World’, including a ‘Dirty HiFi’ remix of the title track.
This is a quick dive into the indie-meets-prog world that The Pineapple Thief inhabit. Not delving into the intricacies and mad time signatures like other progressive bands such as Rush and Dream Theater, the band form part of a new branch of rock called New Prog populated by the likes of Biffy Clyro, Muse, and Coheed and Cambria. The Pineapple Thief are much more accessible than all these acts however, especially with this EP.
The EP starts and ends on the same song (the latter of which being the remix), though in between the three new tracks each hold a glimmer of uniqueness and object of discussion that few songs tend to have nowadays. ‘Build A World’ itself is a slow song that builds upon various instrumental sections before ‘You Don’t Look So Innocent’ begins in a much heavier fashion. Sounding akin to a Steven Wilson release with more pop elements, this elevates their position in the world of British Progressive Rock. ‘What Are You Saying?’ begins next, with a chorus echoing many chart hits. Much more like a hit than the other tracks. Very catchy vocal melodies and more accessible structure wise. ‘You Drew Blood’ is the last new song on the EP, the longest as well just falling shy of seven minutes long. It’s also probably the best on the EP, a little more interesting than the others and with the added length means more room for experimentation, build up and different instruments. The remix of the title track adds a little over two minutes to it’s original length. The whole vibe to the track is much bigger, giving it a lift into higher territory that one could not achieve through just playing the instruments on their own. Though it’s unnecessary on this EP, it’s interesting to hear another take on a familiar song, a whole release of this remix would be very interesting to hear.
Overall, the “Build A World” EP is a nice little top up of some The Pineapple Thief material, some material that could maybe even gain a few more fans. This release is more indie than it is progressive rock, more akin to Placebo than labelmates Porcupine Tree. The elements of prog and wider experimentation may not be so vocal on this EP but it’s an enjoyable brand new fifteen minute journey and very refreshing to hear the lighter side of rock without it being plagued by chart success.