The bedroom-based dream pop project of Southampton, U.K. songwriter Jacob Scott -- originally known as Netherlands -- had been renamed Pale Seas by early 2012, and soon expanded to a group featuring Graham Poole on guitar and Matthew Bishop on bass. Commentators on their early gigs, and reviewers of their debut single -- March 2012's "Something or Nothing" -- heard the influence of both Elliott Smith and Beach House in their sound, as Scott's compositions at that point betrayed a similar combination of thoughtful sadness and a pop-focused sensibility. That single also coincided with their first national headline tour, and they went on to support acts such as Stornoway, the War on Drugs, and Beach Fossils. By the time of the release of September 2012's double A-side "My Own Mind/Bodies," the band had enlisted the help of Bees' linchpin Paul Butler, who invited them to record at his studio on the Isle of Wight. Next, drummer William Hilliard was recruited before they readied a 2014 EP entitled Places to Haunt. ~ James Wilkinson
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 6, 2017 | Abbey Records
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England possesses a unique capacity to reinvent the wheel of rock’n’roll. Although it seems to have been said time and time again, the country regularly gives birth to young groups that come to add their unique stone to an already solidly constructed building. And even if the influences may seem obvious from the outset, each personal touch elbows its way through to the front. Pale Seas belongs to this breed of musicians - the type whose music bursts on the palate from the very first taste. By the sea in Southhampton, the singer Jacob Scott, guitarist Graham Poole, bassist Mathew Bishop and drummer Andrew Richardson drew from the early albums from the likes of Radiohead and Suede in order to establish their own rock’n’roll rulebook. But even though this distinct taste for the English rock of the 90s jumps to mind throughout Stargazing For Beginners, this British foursome manages to draw up a guitar landscape, making their first album truly original. Largely recorded at night in an old Abbey, here’s a Qobuzism disc that teases the animal instincts of guitar band fans. A true revelation. © CM/Qobuz
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