Tipped by many to become one of the most exciting and unique British guitar bands of the decade off the back of rapturous critical acclaim, Pale | Seas, on the eve of the release of a long-anticipated debut album, simply disappeared. For the following three years the band, led by enigmatic frontman Jacob Scott alongside Graham Poole (Lead Guitar), Matthew Bishop (Bass) & Andrew Richardson (Drums), emitted no signal, instead embarking upon a period of prolonged isolation to hole themselves away inside a medieval abbey in most remote Isle of Wight. The decision to do so would go on to define the band’s dark, otherworldly and expansive sound. To capture it and enhance it further the band enlisted the help of producer Chris Potter (The Verve, Urban Hymns) & Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, Devendra Banhart & The Bees), with whom the band had begun their journey 5 years previously.
There’s something of the young P J Harvey in the urgent rawness of Scott’s vocals. On album opener Into The Night, the pulsing electric guitar – which builds and relents repeatedly – serves this rawness perfectly. There’s a softness bubbling beneath the surface too; on each track that follows, Scott excavates his soul in a bid to make sense of it.
“Stargazing for Beginners is excellent. And Pales Seas has it going on in an enormous way! Superb melodies, pulsating rhythms and Scott’s definitive voice make the entire album vital listening. »The Huffington Post
“Literate, poetic indie rock with a pop streak, the group recall everyone from early Suede to elements of The National. A real treat for fans and the perfect entry point for everyone else, ‘Animal Tongue’ is an infectious, engaging indie rock salute. » Clash