Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Pale Seas - Evil Is Always One Step Behind

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

It's Brighton that's been hogging the limelight when it comes to music from the south coast of England, but it'll be a surprise if press attention for Pale Seas doesn't turn a few heads towards Southampton before long. The quartet have spent the first half of the year on the nearby Isle Of Wight putting together their debut album with the aid of acclaimed producer Paul Butler. Judging by stunning new single 'Evil Is Always One Step Behind' the finished work could be an epic and, if we're allowed to get a little ahead of ourselves, an album of the year contender. That will of course depend on whether the rest is much cop.

It's very difficult to see how 'Evil Is Always One Step Behind' can be a one-off. There's just too much going on here for that. A light and airy intro of hazy, strummed guitar and vocals gets things going, shortly to be joined by the kind of reverby guitar that graced many a Mazzy Star song. But this is over seven minutes long, and not a second is wasted; the spaciousness created by its length is necessary for it to work as well as it does. The second half of the song hits like a wave of gentle noise, totally enveloping everything. This is majestic, graceful and likely to knock you for six with its soft force. They'll have to go some to better this.

Pale Seas' website

Catch them live:

Pale Seas perform "Places to Haunt" Wed July 24 at 7:30pm
Hoxton Hall, London, UK

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