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5-piece guitar band Pastel, or in other words ‘The saviours of guitar music‘ are signed to Manchester’s independent record label ‘Spirit of Spike Island‘. The lads released their first EP ‘Deeper Than Holy‘ on October 6th, 2021. Produced by J. Fender (Affleck’s Palace) and mixed by James Kenosha.  

The bands success and profile has been growing rapidly since featuring in Pretty Green’s Autumn/Winter 21 collection campaign and hitting number 1 on the UK vinyl charts. This is just the beginning for them. 

The EP opens with ‘Deeper Than Holy‘, the first song Manchester cousins Jack Yates and James Yates have completely written together. The track opens with a slow pulsating bass line that hooks you from the start and continues to build into a wall of sound driven by a guitar riff which is reminiscent of the bands influences but simultaneously sounds new and exciting. This is complimented with anthemic lyrics which are delivered with the self-assurance of an effortlessly cool frontman. This sets the tone for the rest of the EP. 

Next up is ‘Blu‘ the second single to have been released from the EP, which was accompanied with a music video filmed at Hough End playing fields in Manchester by the iconic filmmaker and photographer Charlie Lightening. The bands musicianship and creativity are further evidenced here producing a groove that picks you up and won’t put you down until the end. It’s impossible not to be dancing by this point. 

Where We Go‘ is my personal favourite a sunny kaleidoscope of happiness that puts a smile on my face every time I listen to it. Making me dream of summer and good times with friends.  

The closing track ‘Run Rabbit Run‘ has all the above ingredients and a verse of, ‘I’ve been waiting for something to happen, and I don’t know what it is.’ Which echoes with all of us except by now you start to realise that it is happening, this is it, this the beginning of something. 

This is a band that excites you, they look like a band, a band you would want to be in, they can play, they can write an anthem and they have the confidence of youth yet still make you feel that you could be part of their gang. ‘Saviours of guitar music‘ is quite a bold statement but on the basis of this EP, why not, this is the most exciting band to have emerged for a decade with their own sound and identity. Embrace them and be excited! 

The full EP is available to stream on Spotify below and all major platforms.

VINYL IZZY 

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