London pop duo the Pines offer up delicate pop on their debut for Matinée Recordings, True Love Waits, Vol. 2. The first two tracks that kick off the EP show where the Pines excel. "Ungrammatical" is an a cappella ditty that is unique in its sophisticated vocal arrangements, the stylings sounding a bit like Elizabethan ballads. The influence of Magnetic Fields shines through on "Anita O'Day," with the vocals of Pam Berry reminding one of Susan Anway. Joe Brooker and Pam Berry create the perfect mix of a Belle & Sebastian and Magnetic Fields sound, while making it their own through the airy arrangements. Light, breezy tunes softly strum along with dreamy production on True Love Waits, Vol. 2, a decent EP of note.
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AllMusic Review by Francis Arres