It undoubtedly influenced Kansas-via-London UK artist Piney Gir’s fascinating music that she was raised in a strict Pentecostal household and not allowed to listen to pop music until the age of 14.
But where did the Pentecostal upbringing leave her in terms of her
current beliefs. She addresses it in the new song “Oh God You Devil,”
which asks God some questions directly. In contrast to the upbeat,
kinetic nature of most of ‘Mr. Hyde’s Wild Ride,’ “Oh God You Devil”
kicks off with hums in some kind of Dorian mode, typically used in India
for mediation. Lyrics like, "Why can't I see you? ... I don't believe
you... When you hide can you still see me?" She answers her own
questions in the final verse, singing, "Isn't life as luck would have
it?" Piney says, “Sealing the deal that perhaps this girl doesn't have
much belief in God, at least not the God that is pitched to us in
Western culture with the big white beard, sitting on a cloud punishing
Early praise has already come from Pop Matters, Paste, and Glide for ‘Mr. Hyde’s Wild Ride,’ coming out February 19
on Greyday Records. It’s a new artistic high water mark, as she’s left
behind her influences and found her own style and voice. Piney is
planning select US tour dates.