The release of debut single, Supernatural, almost effortlessly courted a tide of ears the way of Irish outfit Pale Blue Moon last year, a height of temptation echoed by its successor, It’s Not Real, not so long ago. Now it is only possible to imagine the band being awash with praise and attention as their first album uncages its accomplished temptation upon a great many more; a discovery echoing its title, The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out.
The quartet’s sound is a multi-flavoured alternative rock based proposal but one as ready to embrace essences of classic and melodic rock as it is grunge, metal and more besides as The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out swiftly proves. Pale Blue Moon worked with producer Brian Sperber (Moby, Feeder, Madonna, Stain’d) as songs and release came together though the journey to its release has been a testing time to say the least. During production of the album, singer Shane Kelly suffered two strokes which confined him to a hospital bed but it was between those sheets that he continued to finish the mixing of the album. He is now fully recovered and set to enjoy the success it is so easy to assume the record will lure its way.
The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out opens up with those two previously mentioned singles, Supernatural first up. The song instantly draws ears with a teasing riff which is soon crossed with strokes of aural drama before almost as swiftly the magnetic tones of Kelly join the tempting with the track hitting its infectious stroll with relish. As within all songs, there is a great blend of familiarity and fresh imagination soaked in organic catchiness and as with most a proposition which just grew more enslaving by the listen. There is also a classical hue to the track at times, another flavour in the band’s sound and imaginative writing which had us fascinated.
Just as potent is the following It’s Not Real and its similarly fertile proposal. Straightaway there is a steelier lining to the song, a 3 Days Grace meets Trapt edge which frames the band’s melodic prowess to fine effect. The song also verges on the virulent in its contagion and proves rather easy to offer one’s own vocals chords to before Defend reveals its own individuality and adventure. The muscular tone of its presence is bred in a fusion of metal and classic rock but again flavours entangled in the band’s own individual invention, the track another which had us swinging and singing in tandem.
Don’t Wake Up gently caresses ears next, the melody cast by the guitar of Jack Murphy as intimate as the lyrics shared by Kelly while Grace straight after brings a more indie rock enterprise to its ballad bred roar. Equally both tracks court a hard rock air too, one ripe with infectious endeavour across a rhythmic manipulation driven by the potent swings of drummer Brian Griffin and enticingly prowled by the basslines of Mark Kirwan.
As What Do They Know? unveiled its own calm yet earnest balladry and the excellent All That Matters revelled in its slightly livelier but no less emotive reflection, Pale Blue Moon only reinforce the potency of their melodic strengths and catchy craft; both a rich seduction of ears which again only grew more compelling by the sharing with ears while Sleep embraced a dreamy quality to its serenade and emotively haunting infectiousness. All three epitomise the varied rock flavouring at the heart of the band’s sound but each in their own firmly individual way.
If You Fall only echoed that trait with its melodic shimmer and mellow gait though there is a volatility which erupts in its infection loaded chorus, just another in a long line the album and band uncage on eager ears and participation. Again there is something recognisable to the song but once more nothing you can truly define band only immerse in with next up Rise Up prime example with its affable hand and cry within another captivation as soothing as it is inflamed.
The release concludes with firstly Say That, a sing-a-long serenade and spirit rousing incitement, and lastly the serenely and classically wrapped Floating; two songs just epitomising the broad flavouring and imagination behind a collection which keep you guessing whilst invoking an immediate connection.
The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out is a rather fine release which could not have lived up to its title more if it tried and you get the feeling that Pale Blue Moon will continue to echo that sentiment ahead.
The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out is out now.
Find out more about Pale Blue Moon in our interview with Shane Kelly @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2020/07/14/talking-under-the-lure-of-pale-blue-moon-an-interview-with-frontman-shane-kelly/
Pete RingMaster 06/08/2020