Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises (Album Review)

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Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises (Album Review)

pale waves 2018 promo - Pale Waves - My Mind Makes Noises (Album Review)Early this year, when Pale Waves released their debut EP, All the Things I Never Said, the bright buzz surrounding the Manchester-based English band that was formed in 2016 immediately reverberated throughout the Alternative/Indie music world. Pale as their name might seem, their music is nevertheless as “sonically sparkly as the waves of the sea and as colorful as a spectral vision in the night.”

Now, only barely a year has passed, Pale Waves are ready to unleash their first proper album, the long-playing My Mind Makes Noises. Slated to come out on Friday, September 14th, via Dirty Hit / Interscope Records, comes a month prior the band visiting North America to headline their biggest American shows to date throughout late October, all of November, and the start of December. 

Consisting of 14 tracks, the slick and sweet full-length opens with the rippling, upbeat, and engaging single “Eighteen,” which is a perfect starter of what is yet to come. Following next is a shinier reprise of an early single, “There’s A Honey.” Then there is the ear-catching “Noises”—a standout for its Disco beats; a sure dance-floor hit.

The mood flows flawlessly into the galloping “Came In Close” and then bursts subtlety with “Loveless Girl.” Poignant yet still oozing with Pop sensibilities. Another shifting of gears comes next in the form of “Drive,” which relaxes even further with the piano-adorned slow ballad “When Did I Lose It All,” and the soulful sway of “She.” The ensuing “One More Time” is another scene stealer—bouncy, sexy, and glittery—as well as the following feel-good pulses of “Television Romance”—another early single of the quartet.

The jangly “Red” cuts and shines through like ruby with its angular guitar strums and undulating rhythm. This is followed by an even beat-driven track – the romantic and heart-pinching “Kiss.” The sound then spreads and glows with the slow buildup of “Black.” Finally, Pale Waves wrap up their cohesive and stylistically colorful effort with the acoustic guitar-oriented “Karl”—a rustic, nostalgic, sibling-homage tearjerker—“I was 14; my brother was 20; when my dad sat me down and told me he left me… I wondered what it’s like to die….”—a perfect album closer, a likely future fan-favorite.

Comprised by Heather Baron-Gracie (lead vocals, guitar), Ciara Doran (drums), Hugo Silvani (guitar), and Charlie Wood (bass), Pale Waves are indeed purveyors of an aural spectacle that is sure to captivate the hearts of countless music lovers. Their forthcoming record is definitely just the beginning of something more wonderful—dark, bright, depressing, buoyant, but overall celebratory. That is why CrypticRock gives My Mind Makes Noises 4 out of 5 stars.

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2018 North American Tour Dates:
10/26 – Scoot Inn – Austin, TX*
10/27 – Trees – Dallas, TX*
10/28 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX*
10/30 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL*
10/31 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL*
11/2 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL*
11/3 – The Social – Orlando, FL*
11/5 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA*
11/6 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN*
11/7 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC*
11/9 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA*
11/10 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC*
11/11 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*
11/12 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY*
11/13 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA*
11/15 – Opera House – Toronto, ON#
11/17 – Corona Capital – Mexico City, MX%
11/19 – Madison Live – Covington, KY#
11/20 – Skully’s – Columbus, OH#
11/21 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL#
11/23 – Rave Bar – Milwaukee, WI#
11/24 – Amsterdam Hall – St. Paul, MN#
11/25 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE#
11/26 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO#
11/28 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT#
11/30 – Neumos – Seattle, WA#
12/1 – Venue – Vancouver, BC
12/2 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR#
12/4 – August Hall – San Francisco, CA#
12/6 – The Fonda – Los Angeles, CA#
12/7 – The Irenic – San Diego, CA#
* line-up features Miya Folick, The Candescents, Pale Waves
# line-up features The Candescents and Pale Waves
% Pale Waves Only

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Born in 1971, in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella is a healthcare worker, singer/songwriter, and editor/writer. He was the frontman of the ’90s-peaking Philippine Alternative Rock / New Wave band Half Life Half Death, which released a full-length album and several singles on Viva Records. aLfie worked at Diwa Scholastic Press as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and supplementary magazines, focusing on Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature.In 2003, aLfie migrated to Canada; he has since been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works full-time at a healthcare institution, while serving as the associate contributing editor of Filipino Journal—a local community newspaper in Winnipeg—tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, and Music.As a means to further his passion for music, he formed the band haLf man haLf eLf. He now performs with another band, The Psychedelics.aLfie has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines as well as websites. He began writing album reviews for CrypticRock in 2015.In 2016, aLfie published Part One (Literature & Languages and Their Cultural Significance) of his Essay Series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf? His next planned literary endeavor is to publish the remaining parts of the anthology and his works on Poetry, Fantasy Fiction, and Mythology.In his spare time, he enjoys reading books and listening to music. He participates at various community events; and he explores the diverse cultural beauty of Canada whenever his schedule permits it.aLfie is a doting and dedicated father to his now ten-year-old son, Evawwen.

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