Pale Dian
(Narrow Birth)
2016
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre:
Dream pop, Shoegaze
Sounds Like:
Pale Saints, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins
If you’re a fan of Dream pop and shoegaze, than Pale Dian may be that new band you’ve been seeking out. From Austin, Texas, the trio has released a mesmerizing debut in Narrow Birth. Pale Dian are a band we find to be intriguing, their music is a moody combination of dream pop and shoegaze. We hands down love the vocals of singer Ruth Ellen, yet the music took us a while to get into, it sounded a bit too electronic for our tastes at first. Upon further listening, we would still prefer a more natural sound, but we were able to get past this and just enjoy the aura of Pale Dian.

What are the highlights of the album?
The bassist in “Lonesome Waste” is more apparent on this song while the upbeat, feel good rhythm is quite enjoyable. The vocals also possess a bit of Debbie Harry in them.  “Diana” is a powerful tune and sounds good at high volumes and the vocals on “The Avenue” are very sultry and mysterious.

How is the production value?
The production is ok, we feel the percussion sounds a bit too electronic and the bass can be enhanced a bit. It may also appeal to fans that frequent this genre.

How is the vocal performance?
The lofty female vocal performance of Ruth Ellen is well suited for this type of music and is the highlight of the album. They are often echoed and feel a bit distant which is can be typical for a Dream Pop album.

Does the album art reflect the music?
Yes, the photograph of what seems to be two bottom halves of two different women under a red, satin cloth is unique and is what captured our attention. In this digital age of music, we find the power of album covers to be so important.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Try a few cans of Hell Or High Watermelon beer. This light-bodied fruit beer is a great compliment to the album.

What are our final thoughts on Narrow Birth?
We found ourselves enjoying this album after quite a few listens, yet we gravitated right away to the vocals of Ruth Ellen. We would love to hear a side project by Ruth with stripped down acoustics and dark themes, it would be tremendous. - 7/20/2016

Band Members:

Ruth Ellen
DK
Nicholas Volpe

Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Evan Evan
3. In A Day
4. Pas De Deux
5. Lonesome Waste
6. Diana
7. The Avenue
8. Feral Bloom
9. Judy Garland Is Dead
10. Mimis Magnolia

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