The Pastels to reclaim the indie pop throne with first new album in 16 years
The Pastels, Glasgow's preeminent indie pop darlings (which is saying something for a town that churns out indie pop bands like plates of haggis), have remained fairly quiet since their 1997 album Illumination, choosing instead to work on soundtracks, remixes, a collaboration with the Japanese band Tenniscoats, and in group leader Stephen Pastel's case, finding a way to look like he's barely aged a day since the C86 era.
But that is set to change this year with the release of Slow Summits on Domino Records. No official release date or track listing has been announced yet, but we do know that the album was recorded in Glasgow and features the core lineup of Stephen Pastel and Katrina Mitchell, with a few guest stars filling in. Sadly, no Aggi this time around; she was last seen arguing with Black Tambourine's Pam Berry near a bridge.
Below, check out a brief album trailer for Slow Summits, featuring a song the group recorded with Blair Young of The Forest Of Black. It is decidedly twee and precious, but then again, would you want The Pastels to suddenly be rocking the O2 arena in black metal corpse paint? We didn't think so.
|The Pastels, Slow Summits|