released November 20, 2014
Recorded and mixed by Gary Olson, at Marlborough Farms Studio, Brooklyn, Summer 2014.
Mastered by Ron Harrity at Peapod Studios.
Pale Lights on this recording are:
Andrew Adler, lead guitar
Lisa Goldstein, drums
Maria Pace, bass
Philip Sutton, guitar, vocals
Suzanne Nienaber, backing vocals
Kyle Forester, keyboards
All songs by Philip Sutton
© Calico Cat (CAL005)
Perfect Indiepop from Pale Lights
It’s a bummer that I opted to take most of last week off, as if I hadn't, you’d have had this Pale Lights single spinning in your head throughout your holiday week, or your black Friday enslavement. Regardless, you’re now going to spend the next 20-30 minutes playing these two songs over and over again. It’s remarkable how quickly this band can add to their already strong catalog, having released the much needed Before There Were Pictures earlier this year. I don’t know which of the two tracks is better here, so you best listen to them both. Hoping to see this on a vinyl release, but for now it’s just a digital single you’ll want to get your hands on as soon as possible.
AUSTIN TOWN HALL
Brooklyn's Pale Lights released Before There Were Pictures, an LP of chiming, jangling guitar pop in May. When I discovered it in July, I opined that it was one of the better jangle pop albums of the year (review here), and nothing since then has dissuaded me from that view. The quartet probably could have be forgiven if they rested on the laurels of that release, but instead they are closing out the year with a fine two-track single, Fourteen Stories Tall / Twisting the Knife.
For me, the obvious touchstones are the Go-Betweens and some of the early Flying Nun bands such as The Bats. Both songs have bright tones and appealing melodies, although the lyrics paint a different picture. "Fourteen Stories Tall" advises a woman to leave a man that doesn't treat her right, while "Twisting the Knife" asks a man why he hasn't left a woman who has done him wrong. Great stuff, and a great little digital single that will brighten your holiday season for $2.
When You Motor Away