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Pale Waves reveal new single “Kiss”

Our favorite goth pop quartet Pale Waves is back (so soon!) with a brand new track, “Kiss”!

The standalone single was dropped this morning, following shortly after their latest EP ALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAID, released February 20th, meaning fans (including me) weren’t fully expecting new sounds so soon. We certainly aren’t complaining, especially as the band are about to embark on their summer festival run!

Back track a year ago and the Manchester band were struggling to fill their sets with PW originals. Now, as 2018 hits the halfway point, they’ve got enough for a full set and then some.

Pale Waves‘ newest single, “Kiss”, so genuinely matches their aesthetic and follows the same formula as “Television Romance,”  “The Tide,” and “New Year’s Eve,” but stands out on its own much like the other singles. “Kiss” has its own catchy chorus, its own pulse, and its own reverie while still sounding distinctly like Pale Waves, a formula many bands miss the mark on. Think dark heart prom, with glitter-infused balloons and 80s hair.

Lyrically, Pale Waves‘ concepts aren’t anything ground-breaking or even subversive; but that’s not a bad thing. They’re sweet, they’re straight-forward, they’re endlessly accessible, and they’re transparent. The days of twisted mouthfuls of adjectives, and dissecting bridges and phrases are on hiatus (because who doesn’t love a puzzle).

“Kiss me hard just like you did at the start
Kiss me hard just like I’m breaking your heart”

The diary-entry-turned-mantra is truly a turning point in the song, a point of realization for the narrator that comes a bit too late. The music surrounding the words is dreamy, pop-ish, and are so Pale Waves-esque it hurts (in a good way). The music and words, paired with vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie’s unique tone, is something of the music Gods.

You can find Pale Waves on the road in the U.K. this summer, as well as some festival appearances, before playing with Scottish superband Chvrches this fall. Check out “Kiss” below!

Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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