Thursday, May 04, 2006

Pale Saints - Fine Friend 12"

Probably one of the more underrated bands of the early 90's 'shoegazer' scene, but in my opinion one of the most amazing. Usually comparable to bands like Ride and My Bloody Valentine, they create a lustry wall of guitar noise, often backed with beautifully haunting lyrics. In the case of 'Fine Friend', however, they drop the tempo to an almost Mazzy Star-like style. 'Fine Friend' is both a beautifully and haunting track, and among my favorites of this band, and this genre. If I were to have listed my top songs of the mid 90's, this would be in the definite top 10. The two other tracks on this ep are solid, and 'Marimba' is a lovely tune, despite being hummed the way through, and 'Reprise' is a lovely stripped-down synth sample of 'Fine Friend'. All in all, I'd say this is my favorite work by the band, although their other releases are quite stunning also. I'd suggest all their albums and eps to any fan of shoegaze, or mid 90's britrock.

Track 1, Fine Friend

Track 2, Special Present

Track 3, Marimba

Track 4, Fine Friend (Reprise)

Grab the tracks here,

UK 4AD Records, 1994. BAD 4013

Personal rating 4/5

See what Pale Saints items we have for sale in our online shop!


'Thought & Humor' said...

We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

Jason X said...

Wow, did somebody read the thesaurus today? LOL Well you do have a nice blog. Cool tunes. Keep it up!

[///] said...

Pale Saints are nice indeed ;) Thanks!