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.

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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