Pale Waves are a band that have been gaining traction across the UK for quite some time now, with many a festival appearance appearing under their collective belts this summer. It’s all rather impressive for a band that had yet to release a full length album, with My Mind Makes Noises being their debut. The big question here is was the hype worth it?
By Jane Howkins
The answer to the question above is quite a complicated one. Pale Waves are obviously a very talented group and there are many people that will like their inoffensive style of indie pop, but at the same time there doesn’t appear to be much that is actually memorable from the album as a whole. A lot of the songs sound very similar to one another and follow a format that has obviously been planned out (at least subconsciously), giving us the feeling that Pale Waves’ music might function better being released as one off singles, instead of as a full collection of songs.
They’re label mates with pop band The 1975 and their music is very remiscent of their stuff – there’s nothing wrong with wearing your influences on your sleeve but when it’s this obvious it’s a little troublesome, especially considering that on a debut album a band really ought to have some ideas of their own. They’ve also been described at times as being goth pop but there doesn’t seem to be anything goth about the band, with most of the songs being rather upbeat in nature, so anyone looking for true ‘goth’ music may be turned off.
That’s not to say that this is a bad album though, just one that comes across as a little generic. The indie pop festival crowd should find something to like here and the band’s rise to stardom shows that there obviously are a lot of people who do enjoy this sort of music, so if you are a fan of Pale Waves or The 1975 then don’t let this put you off. There are some really good catchy tunes here (for example, One More Time) – it’s just that so many of these songs seem to follow the same path.
Pale Waves have some nice melodies but overall the songs tend to fall a little flat. With time we hope that their songwriting craft might improve and they might be able to pull themselves away from their labelmates and come into their own. Only time will tell, but sadly this time around the experiment hasn’t quite worked out how we hoped it would.