• Amy

SINGLE REVIEW: Pastel - Isaiah



Pastel are a five piece band from Manchester who are currently signed to independent label Spirit of Spike Island.


They released their debut EP "Deep Than Holy" last October which reached number one in the UK physical chart.


Isaiah is released ahead of their support slot at Knebworth where they will be opening for Liam Gallagher.


I must admit Isaiah didn't grab me at first, I didn't dislike it I just didn't feel it was very exciting but I persevered and in doing so realised it's a very interesting song with lots to unpack which is why it didn't click instantly.


It fits firmly within the shoegaze genre, reminding me of bands like The Boo Radleys while also borrowing heavily from Britpop with Charlatans-esque vocals and Oasis inspired riffs. There are also elements of Dream Pop as well as likenesses with the Verve and Super Furry Animals.


At times the song can seem a little musically chaotic with everything demanding your attention somewhat similar to Shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine while at others it's more simplistic indie rock.


Isaiah is great, it takes a while to understand and makse sense of but once it clicks I'm sure you'll want to add it to a playlist or two.


In contrast to Isaiah I listened to a few other tracks by the band which were instantly more accessible with upbeat guitars and catchy choruses similar to bands such as Cast which shows they are musically interesting and versatile, definitely ones to watch for the future!