Pale Blue Eyes “This House” 

October 2023 | MUSIC, 23/10

The band’s name has nothing to do with the Velvet Underground song of the same name. What’s more, their influences seem essentially English. But there’s a certain nostalgia that comes with listening to their records. This English trio’s sound is inspired by a lot of ’90s music. Alternating between the predominance of guitar, synthesizer and bass, underneath the pop varnish that makes the songs fresh and approachable, you can hear cold wave, gothic rock and noise pop. It’s impossible not to think of The Jesus And Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine or Cocteau Twins. The previous album, “Souvernirs”, was marked by the death of the father of the band’s singer-guitarist, Matt Board. It was only a year later that this album came out, also marked by grief at the death of Matt’s mother. These tracks are a cathartic call to life, and if you’re wondering how to transcend grief in beauty, here’s something to get you started.