Pale are a London-based electronica band who make pensive, emotive tunes. Currently gigging as a two-piece, their show at Shoreditch House in East London tonight saw their songs stripped bare and reliant on vocalist Alan’s silvery delivery and sparse guitar riffs, with mid-tempo beats coming from his partner, Lee’s drum machine.
Showing influences from chil-lwave bands from the US and the stripped-bare aesthetics of the debut James Blake album, several of Pale’s songs deal with romantic entanglements and heartbreak. This theme runs through from older songs such as “Too Much” to songs on their latest EP, released via Soundcloud this September. Particularly impressive tonight is “New Man” off “The Comeback EP”, which sees Alan repeat “I’m a new man, I’m a new man, I’m a happy man” with the air of dissonance of a patient asked to repeat these words by a relationship therapist.
The band also have songs aimed at getting the crowd swaying their hips. “Two Wrongs” displays traces of Sebastien Tellier-like disco flair, while “Silence” has a mature and broody feel. Pale’s set befitted the mood of Shoreditch House’s intimate library bar, with the shimmering light from the room overlooking the nearby skylines of Bishopsgate and the Square Mile. It will be interesting to see Pale perform their new EP in bigger rooms in the future.