From time to time, musicians need to leave their comfort zones to explore new techniques and styles. A Fine Frenzy, nee Alison Sudol, recorded mostly pop leaning albums to begin her career. On her recent release Pines, she becomes far more introspective as her music shifts to more atmospheric sounds. You can hear this new focus right off the bat on “Pinesong” as she delves into deeper emotions and thoughts. She has a certain darkness surrounding the first half of the album, but she emerges on “Sailingsong” as she sings about the dawn breaking. The second half shows off her pop sensibilities on “It’s Alive” and “Now Is The Start” before wrapping up with the reflective “Untitled (Grasses Grow)”. To a certain extent, we never want to see our favorite artists lose their roots. At the same time, they need to grow and expand like A Fine Frenzy has here. It’s creativity from musicians that allows music to evolve over time.