PALE BLUE (MIKE SIMONETTI) SHARES ‘THE MATH’
DEBUT ALBUM THE PAST WE LEAVE BEHIND OUT 13TH APRIL 2015 ON 2MR / CAPTURED TRACKS
Late last year Mike Simonetti announced his split from Italians Do It Better, so that he could focus on his newest endeavors – 2MR (a label collaboration with Captured Tracks’ Mike Sniper) and Pale Blue (his musical collaboration with Silver Hands’ Elizabeth Wight).
Previously sharing the title track from Pale Blue’s debut, The Past We Leave Behind, and also ‘Dusk In Parts (feat. Jana Hunter of Lower Dens), Simonetti returns with ‘The Math’. It was premiered by VICE, who compared it to The Avalanches and praised the way it “meanders from sample to sample without losing traction.”
‘Dusk In Parts’
Pale Blue, referencing the term “Pale Blue Dot,” coined by Carl Sagan to refer to a photograph of planet Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space probe in 1990, was originally 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’s and Jana Hunter’s (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.
The Past We Leave Behind will be released 13th April on 2MR/Captured Tracks.
The Past We Leave Behind Tracklisting
1. The Past We Leave Behind
2. The Scars
3. Distance To The Waves
7. The Scars (Reprise)
8. Dusk In Parts
9. The Math
11. The Eye
13. One Last Thing
‘The Past We Leave Behind’
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