Aaaaaaaaand we’re back! It’s been a couple weeks since the last “This Just In” post, well, with Record Store Day/Sweatstock and all. Now that the insanity is over, we can get back on track featuring new releases of note. This one actually dropped earlier this month, but since we skipped posts for a couple weeks, it’s getting it’s due time now. Mike Simonetti (ex-Italians Do It Better), yes, “ex-,” since he’s working on a new project and label, and holy hell – it’s a great one. The overall sound just is as beautiful and as you’d expect from Simonetti, but Pale Blue also has a haunting, ethereal quality to it’s beauty that’s downright mesmerizing. Take a listen to the title single, read more about the project, and check out this week’s in-stock list below. -MLE
Pale Blue – The Past We Leave Behind 2LP
Listen: “The Past We Leave Behind”
“Mike Simonetti has decided to split from Italians Do It Better (Chromatics, Glass Candy) to focus on his new project, Pale Blue, as well as his new venture: the freshly minted label 2MR (Two Mikes Records). A collaboration between Simonetti and Captured Tracks, 2MR is an opportunity for Simonetti to start from a blank slate and release music he believes in.
The first release on 2MR is The Past We Leave Behind, the debut album from Pale Blue.
During the writing process of Capricorn Rising, Simonetti was asked to remix tracks from the West Coast twosome Silver Hands. Immediately taken by the incredible range of lead-vocalist Elizabeth Wight, he reached out to collaborate. The result of the bi-coastal email exchange would eventually become Pale Blue.
The name Pale Blue references ‘Pale Blue Dot,’ Carl Sagan’s remark on the photograph of planet Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space probe in 1990. This new project was conceived around the time that Hurricane Sandy hit New York and came to completion with Simonetti’s severance from Italians. Thus, many of the tracks that make up The Past… grapple with themes of loss and new beginnings.
The Past… encompasses a myriad of sonic elements, ranging from rhythmic, melodic techno to atmospheric ambient productions, while also incorporating Simonetti’s varied background in noise, drone, and even experimental dream pop. Above it all though, Wight’s vocals remain the focal point, saturating the record with a lush melodic warmth that’s so often missing in the electronic world.
Musically, Pale Blue is a response to modern dance music and its constant fluctuations. It intentionally bears no obvious singles, nor club hits. While Simonetti, Wight and Jana Hunter (vocals on ‘Dusk in Parts’) remain at its core, Pale Blue’s philosophy is to keep everything open to collaboration. It does not aim to pigeonhole itself into a genre or any new vistas in music, but instead to a unifying sound produced collectively and harmoniously.” -Captured Tracks
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