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Pale Houses – The Ocean Bed [Review]

Pale Houses – The Ocean Bed [Review]

1980s synth-pop meets 2000s indie-rock on Pale Houses’ powerful new single, ‘The Ocean Bed.’

Pale Houses’ latest release, ‘The Ocean Bed’, off their upcoming EP ‘Songs of the Isolation’, sees the Nashville group delve into dreamy, melancholy depths, and somehow emerge triumphant. Combining influences as diverse as Cyndi Lauper and Death Cab for Cutie, Pale Houses have crafted a sound that manages to fly with the colourful freedoms of 80s pop, yet remain grounded in the introspective angst of 2000s indie-rock.

Featuring strong production by J. Brandon Owens, ‘The Ocean Bed’ opens by paying homage to the greatest elements of 80s pop – big synths, shimmering electric guitar, and a pulsing rhythm. It offers the kind of nostalgic and cinematic punch that you’d expect to hear on a classic John Hughes’ soundtrack. Almost a full minute in, however, Pale Houses bring the track firmly into the twenty-first century, with a heavier, fiery rock sound that arrives like a kick to the stomach.

Pale Houses shine in their juxtaposition of powerful instrumentation and devastating, melancholic lyricism. By defiantly baring their souls on ‘The Ocean Bed,’ they have crafted a sound is entirely their own. Be sure to check out the rest of ‘Songs of the Isolation’ on March 30th.

 

Review by Lucy O’Toole

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