Pale Green Things Announces Single, “The Islands”
Set to a luminous background of ethereal synth sounds, the new single from lo-fi indie folk act Pale Green Things, “The Islands”, is an escape from reality. Combining charming, inviting vocals with minimalist instrumentation, the melodies eb and flow like a hidden lagoon. It is the first single off the upcoming album, The Beast in the Hearts of Men, due out June 29.
“The Islands” encompasses a need to escape. When the world starts spinning, and the everyday chaos becomes too much, where can you go? Inspired by São Miguel Island in the Azores region of Portugal, the sparkling melody tells the story of relief. However, it asks whether escape is possible, or will the world creep up onto the shoreline? The acoustic guitar flickers like the faint light of a single bulb swaying back and forth in a dark room. The soft beams of light fill the empty, clandestine corners with lyrics of consolation.
The musical moniker of Pale Green Things, Jack Traynor, pays homage to themes of coming to terms with society and trying to break free on The Beast In The Hearts Of Men, recording the album simplistically in a single room. Traynor fills the air of his Manchester flat with the lush acoustic and digital sounds layering the walls where they reverberate and float into place on a ZOOM digital 8 track. Whimsical vocals trickle down a cascading acoustic waterfall, making an endearing mist of melody. Keyboard inflection rises up creating an eerie tone like fog atop the sparkling, mysterious waters below. Soft drum rattles rustle the still pool like the constant, soothing crash of a wave.Traynor’s lo-fi enterprise lingers on the skin like the tingle of cool air on the body after a warm bath. The album forms like goosebumps, giving a chilled, yet sensational consciousness.
The Beast in the Hearts of Men Track Listing
- The Islands
- North Winds Of Ontario
- Motorbikes In Tokyo
- In The Empire
- Rule Britannia
- The Beast In The Hearts Of Men
- Godless Child
About Pale Green Things
Pale Green Things (Jack Traynor) is a solo lo-fi indie folk act from Manchester, UK. After becoming disillusioned with the music industry, Traynor took time out by becoming a long distance van driver for two years. Travelling across the UK and Europe carrying anything from Motorbikes to Library exhibitions, Traynor found the time being away from music studios with nothing but a guitar and a toothbrush created the perfect writing environment. Pale Green Things has performed with Nine Black Alps, Dave McPherson, and played Noel Gallagher’s afterparty. The upcoming album, The Beast in the Hearts of Men, is due out June 29.