This Just In: Pale Blue

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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Other shades of pale – new releases, reissues and restocks…
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 4LP
Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful CD
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls LP; Sound & Color (180g) 2LP, CD
Alan Watts – This Is It LP
Alt-J – This Is All Yours 2LP
American Wrestlers – S/T LP*
Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam LP
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 2LP
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare LP
Bad Brains – Bad Brains LP
Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul LP + CD, CD
Basic Channel – Reshape 12″
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds LP
Beastie Boys – Check Your Head 2LP; Ill Communcation 2LP; Paul’s Boutique 2LP
Big Star – #1 Record LP
Bill Fay – Who Is The Sender? 2LP
Billie Holiday – All Or Nothing At All LP; The Essential Rare Collection LP
Bjork – Vulnicura 2LP; CD
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath LP; Master Of Reality LP; Sabotage LP
Bleeth – Re Animator CS
Blur – The Magic Whip 2LP, CD
Bob Dylan – Gaslight Cafe, NYC, 9/6/1961 LP*
Bonnie Stillwater – The Devil Is People LP*
Braids – Deep In The Iris LP*
Calexico – Edge Of The Sun LP, CD
Can – Future Days LP; Soon Over Babaluma LP
Capone N Noreaga – War Report 2LP
Caribou – Our Love LP
Christian Death – Ashes (30th Anniversary Edition) LP; Catastrophe Ballet (30th Anniversary) LP
Codeine – Barely Real 2LP+CD
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was LP*
Com Truise – Galactic Melt 2LP
Curtis Fuller – The Opener LP*
David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed 2LP; Space Oddity LP
Deftones – Adrenaline LP; White Pony 2LP
Depeche Mode – Songs Of Faith And Devotion LP; Ultra LP; Violator LP
Dopplereffekt/Objekt – Hypnagogia 12”
Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2LP
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late CD
Explosions In The Sky – Take Care 2LP
Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits LP; S/T LP
Florence & The Machine – Lungs LP
Flume – Flume LP
Foxygen – …And Star Power 2LP; Take The Kids Off Broadway LP; We Are The 21st Century LP
Genesis – A Trick Of The Tail LP*; ABACAB LP*; Duke LP*; Wind & Wuthering LP*; …And Then There Were Three… LP*
Godespeed You Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress CD, LP
Gogol Bordello – Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike 2LP; Super Taranta 2LP
Gram Parsons – GP LP; Grievous Angel LP
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar OST 2LP*
Herbie Hancock – The Prisoner LP
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club LP; Work (Work, Work) LP
Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power LP
Jackson Scott – Sunshine Redux LP*
Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy LP
Jimi Hendrix – Miami Pop Festival 2LP
Joe Henderson – The State Of The Tenor, Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. 1 LP*
Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$ CD
John Coltrane – Giant Steps LP
Jose Gonzalez – Vestiges & Claws CD, LP
Joy Division – Closer LP; Unknown Pleasures LP
Laura Marling – Short Movie 2LP
Lotic – Heterocetera EP 12”
Lou Reed – Transformer LP
Lower Dens – Escape From Evil LP
Lust For Youth – International LP
M.I.A. – Arular 2LP
M83 – Before The Dawn Heals Us 2LP
Mac Demarco – Salad Days LP
Marvin Gaye – I Want You LP; What’s Goin’ On LP
McCoy Tyner – Time For Tyner LP*
Michael Jackson – Thriller 25th Anniversary Picture LP
Mogwai – Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 EP 12”
Mono – Hymn To The Immortal Wind 2LP; One Step More And You Die/New York Soundtracks 2LP; Rays Of Darkness LP
N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton 2LP
Nas – Illmatic LP
Nerve City – Sleepwalker 12″; S/T LP
Nina Simone – At The Village Gate LP
Ninos Du Brasil – Aromobates NDB 12″
Nirvana – Live At Reading 2LP
NOFX – Punk In Drublic LP
Outkast – Stankonia 2LP
Parquet Courts – Content Nausea LP
Passion Pit – Kindred CD
Paul De Jong – If LP*
Pearl Jam – Vitalogy 2LP
A Perfect Circle – Mer De Noms 2LP
Pharmakon – Abandon LP
Prefuse 73 – Forsyth Gardens LP*
Prince – 1999 2LP
Prodigy – Day Is My Enemy 2LP, CD
Radiance – S/T 12”
Raekwon – Fly International Luxurious Art 2LP*, CD*
Ray Charles – Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music LP
Robert Johnson – Drunken Hearted Man LP*
Round 2 – New Day 12”
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks LP; Spunk LP
Shit Robot – Where It’s At 12”*
Slayer – Reign In Blood LP
Sleep – Dopesmoker 2LP, (Picture Disc) 2LP
Slint – Spiderland LP+DVD
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream 2LP
Son House – Father Of Folk Blues LP
Stooges – Stooges LP
Sufjan Stevens – Age Of Adz 2LP; Carrie & Lowell LP; Michigan LP
Sun Ra – Continuation LP
T. Rex – Electric Warrior LP
Tal National – Zoy Zoy LP
Talking Heads – Speaking In Tongues LP
Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair LP; The Hurting LP
Television – Marquee Moon LP
The Cure – Disintegration 2LP
The Horace Silver Quintet – The Cape Verdean Blues LP*
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead LP
The Strokes – Angles LP
The Very Best – Makes A King 2LP*
The Who – My Generation LP; The Who Sell Out LP
The Wombats – Glitterbug LP*
Tom Waits – Small Change LP
Tool – Lateralus 2LP; Opiate 12″
Tori Amos – Under The Pink LP
A Tribe Called Quest – Anthology 2LP; Beats, Rhymes & Life 2LP; People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths Of Rhythm 2LP
Tycho – Awake LP
United Nations – The Next Four Years LP
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: Capsoul Label 2LP
Various – Napoleon Dynamite OST 2LP
Various – Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party 2LP+DVD
Velvet Underground – Golden Archive Series LP
Violent Femmes – S/T LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue