Who? Pale Seas are Jacob Scott (guitar and vocals), Graham Poole (lead guitar), Matthew Bishop (bass) and Andrew Richardson (drums).
What? Dark, atmospheric indie rock that gets under your skin.
From where? Southampton.
What’s the story? On the eve of the release of their anticipated debut album in 2013, Pale Seas disappeared without a word. Determined not to become yet another short-lived hype act, it turns out that for the following three years, the band were holed up in a medieval abbey on a remote part of the Isle of Wight, working away on new LP Stargazing for Beginners.
Recorded mostly at night in the ancient abbey, the band enlisted the help of producer Chris Potter (The Verve – Urban Hymns) and Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, Devendra Banhart, The Bees) to capture the brooding yet soaring feel of the record.
Backed by spiralling guitar lines, Jacob’s distinctive vocals drive the Pale Seas sound, but though the lyrics are melancholic and introspective (on Someday, he sings ‘dreams are only made to destroy things like us’), they have the power to summon a feeling of hope amongst despair.
Stargazing for Beginners is out on 6 October, available digitally and as a gatefold vinyl. This week, the band bring their sound to the Black Mountains and will play the Rising stage at Green Man Festival.
Sounds like? Music to stick on loud in your car as you drive through stormy landscapes pondering your place in the world.
Must hear? Into The Night –