Following the buzz surrounding their debut EP All The Things I Never Said earlier this year, up-and-coming indie pop band Pale Waves have returned with their first full-length album, My Mind Makes Noises.
Instrumentally, the record is pretty systematic, with the same kind of nostalgia power-pop you’d expect from artists like Troye Sivan. There’s A Honey and Came In Close are particular highlights, with surging electronic beats and shimmering guitar leads.
Even if the format is a bit cut-and-paste, the synth-pop world created by Pale Waves makes the perfect setting for singer Heather Baron-Gracie to deliver angst-ridden lyrics. Unfortunately, however, she instead churns out the same, unimaginative melodrama from one song to the next, with phrases such as, “I don’t wanna be just your friend, but I know this is gonna end”. It makes for a really tiresome listening experience.
Tracks such as Loveless Girl and Kiss stand up on their own as decent pop singles, but when they’re all lumped together as an album, the songs offer the same ideas rehashed over and over again.
While the band shows a lot of promise, Pale Waves need to learn the art of subtlety if they want their music to wash over us effortlessly.