Slow Summits was the Pastels fifth and final (to date) album originally released in 2013. The gestation period between the Pastels albums seems to get longer and longer but it is worth the wait as the band are now capable of making superbly crafted lovelorn albums that take their distinctive brand of shambling indie-pop and add in jazz and folk influences. Gorgeous stuff.
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It’s been 16 long years since the last proper Pastels studio album, after an interesting collaboration with Japanese popsters Tenniscoats and ‘The Last Great Wilderness’ soundtrack, it’s great to see Glasgow’s finest back on true form. ‘Slow Summits’ seems to carry on exactly where they left off, perfect pop songs with that slight pinch of Jazz and a real back to basics approach to songwriting, opener ‘Secret Music’ is a lovely laid back Stereolab-esque tune with Katrina Mitchell’s soothing vocal tones, the single from this album ‘Check My Heart’ is classic Pastels and has had some airplay on 6 Music. The more Stephen Pastel led songs are still there with his unusual brand of lazy vocal style, ‘Summer Rain’ is a perfect example.
Being a huge Pastels fan myself I jumped at the chance to say a few words about this album and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest, there’s some super orchestral arrangements like on ‘Kicking Leaves’ and a great mix of other added instruments like flute, Hammond organ and various horns. It definitely seems that The Pastels have really matured over the years, getting better and better with each album; ‘Slow Summits’ is the sound of a band that you can always rely on even if you do have to wait a few years for them to come back around.
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