THE PAS­TELS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

Domino Even if you’ve never heard of The Pas­tels, you’ll have heard their in­flu­ence on the likes of Belle & Se­bas­tian and Cam­era Ob­scura (see left!). The Glaswe­gians have spent more than three decades in busi­ness and, while their first al­bum in 16 years doesn’t sig­nify any ma­jor sonic shift, there is real plea­sure to be found in the sum­mery jan­gle of Night Time Made Us and Come to the Dance. The lush, lan­guid or­ches­tra­tion of Kick­ing Leaves marks a de­par­ture from the breezy in­diepop strut that in­forms most songs, while stand­out track Slowly Tak­ing Shape’s snaky wood­wind in­tro shifts into a shady pas­sage akin to Love and Arthur Lee. The deft ad­di­tion of dark­ness to the al­bum’s over­rid­ing ra­di­ance makes Slow Sum­mits more than just a hol­low nos­tal­gia trip. Thep­as­tels.org Down­load: Night Time Made Us, Slowly Tak­ing Shape

Slow Sum­mits

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