Boomkat Product Review:
Loose and organic post-folk songwriting from James Diotte, whose music dwells in the the same sort of brooding depths plumbed by Mount Eerie or Phosphorescent, whilst always pushing the arrangements down the road least travelled - layering instruments atmospherically and in a most un-singer-songwriterly fashion. "The songs of Between The Pine all "come from mistakes", according to the lyrics from the new album Friends, Foes, Kith and Kin. Listening to the variety in the instrumentation, found sounds and occasional interludes spread throughout the album proves it is the result of much experimentation, but the intricately choreographed arrangements seem to betray the idea that this wasn't planned. Working from his basement studio on the coast of Rhode Island, James Diotte looks even deeper within for his second album as Between The Pine, writing about a small cast of characters spread out across a vast musical plane. After his self-released, self-titled debut in 2006, which blogger Sixeyes called his "Discovery of the Year", Jim kept busy, recording an EP with the band Number 1, I Love You, winning third place in an Asthmatic Kitty cover contest, and starting the band Come In Cadence with Caroline Hecht (who contributes backing vocals) and Rebekah Zdunich. Both bands fell apart within a year of forming, but Jim had kept writing songs for himself as well, some of which became the origins of Friends, Foes, Kith And Kin."