Progressive Art Rock luminaries The Pineapple Thief return with new album ‘It Leads To This’ out February 9th on Kscope. 

The Pineapple Thief revel in opposing forces. Muscle and fragility. Chaos and precision. Distorted introspection and warm, dreamlike expanse. Conceived in 1999 by Bruce Soord, the progressive quartet underwent a rebirth in 2017 with the arrival of Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree) on drums. Completed by bassist Jon Sykes and keyboardist Steve Kitch, they’ve honed a lean yet lush, quietly timeless sound that soars on It Leads To This.

The Pineapple Thief had the following to say regarding the new single: 

“We worked on these new songs for nearly 3 years. It was the most intense time I can remember within The Pineapple Thief. Personally I was being pushed well beyond my known limits, which is great from an artistic perspective but also very very challenging from a personal perspective.  

Bruce continues: 

Conceptually ‘It Leads To This’ continues my desire to observe and (try to) make sense of life and the world around me. It’s all there in the lyrics.

The initial concept for the songs came together very quickly but the final lyrical and musical elements took a huge amount of work to piece together between the four of us, at least to a point where we were all satisfied.  After so long in the business, being ‘satisfied’ is constantly being pushed further, constantly redefined. That’s the thing, we just kept pushing…”

To coincide with their formidable return, the band reveal a beautifully shot, compelling video for the first chapter of ‘It Leads To This’ in the form of ‘The Frost’. The video for the new single shot by Jeremy George brings the vibrant landscape of Iceland to life in the post-apocalyptic world pictured on the cover. 

It all feeds into It Leads To This. Comprising eight fat-free epics – all about five minutes long, mixing rock urgency with delicate atmospherics, pensive keys and captivating melodies – it finds Soord looking back and fearing for the world his children will inherit. His lyrics also drew from literature: accounts of Ancient Rome, John Williams’ classic Stoner and epistolary Augustus. All conveyed through Soord’s fragile yet penetrative tenor, nodding to storytellers like Nick Drake, Thom Yorke and Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse. 

In a way, that’s The Pineapple Thief all over. Idiosyncratic but relatable. Devastating and life-affirming, in the same breath. Not married to a single genre, just melody served by tones and textures. Music that only the four of them could make. 

It Leads To This will be available in a multitude of formats that are as follows:

Limited Edition Deluxe 4 Disc set featuring:
DISC 1: CD Album
DISC 2: Bonus CD ‘Y Aqui Estamos’ – Alternate Versions
DISC 3: Blu-ray – It Leads To This + bonus album “Y Aqui Estamos” (reworkings of album session recordings): Dolby Atmos-DTS-HD MA 5.1-24/48 PCM Stereo mixes created by Bruce Soord
DISC 4: DVD – It Leads to This and Y Aqui Estamos: DTS 5.1-24/48 PCM Stereo
52 page book

Limited edition brick red vinyl LP (exclusive to The Pineapple Thief and Kscope stores)
Limited edition green vinyl LP (exclusive to worldwide independent record shops)
Limited edition cream vinyl LP (exclusive to Germany & Austria)

Blu Ray – Includes “It Leads To This” and bonus album “Y Aqui Estamos” . All in hi-res dolby atmos, dts-hd 5.1 and stereo created by Bruce Soord

In support of the new album The Pineapple Thief will be embarking on a EU/UK tour view the full dates below. 


20/2 Manchester (GB) – O2 The Ritz

21/2 Bristol (GB) – SWX

23/2 Paris (FR) – Elysee Montmartre

24/2 Amsterdam (NL) – Melkweg

26/2 Neunkirchen (DE) – Gebläsehalle

27/2 Aschaffenburg (DE) – Colos Saal

28/2 Zurich (CH) – Komplex 457

1/3 Barcelona (ES) – Apolo

2/3 Madrid (ES) – La Paqui

3/3 Lisbon (PT) – Lisboa Ao Vivo

5/3 Toulouse (FR) – Metronum

6/3 Lyon (FR) – La Rayonne

7/3 Milan (IT) – Alcatraz

8/3 Strasbourg (FR) – La Laiterie

9/3 Munich (DE) – Technikum

11/3 Warsaw (PL) – Palladium

13/3 Krakow (PL) – Klub Studio

14/3 Berlin (DE) – Kesselhaus

15/3 Cologne (DE) – Carlswerk Victoria

16/3 London (GB) – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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