London duo, Pale have been one of the most rapturously received new acts of 2013, posting tracks ‘Too Much’, ‘Doing My Time’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Two Wrongs’ onto Soundcloud and racking up hundreds of thousands of plays. But the Pale modus operandi is all about limitations and minimalism.
The pair initially set out with the intention of putting together a band, but confined to recording early demos in a shed at the bottom of a parent’s garden; they were forced to adapt within their means.
While beginning rehearsals for a new drummer last year they were invited on tour by The Vaccines, who happened to be fans of the first demos, but with only two spaces left on the bus they scaled down to the original two-piece, and picked up the cheapest drum machine they could find. "We wanted to be a band but at the level we're at we have to make it work with what we have. We've only got space in the car for two so we make it work with two. Maybe when we get a bigger car we'll get a drummer". This determination to persevere with the circumstances proved to be an important part in the genesis of Pale’s minimal aesthetic.
Earlier this year they began recording with Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, who used his studios vast array of electronics to help combine the classic, understated honesty of the song writing with a strikingly modern production, shaping tracks that have been likened equally to Pet Shops Boys, OMD, The Weeknd and James Blake.
An emotional, modern pop song, new single ‘Fearing Faces’ brings together these writing and recording inspirations on their most focused work so far.
Released through 37 Adventures. Available on iTunes