The Pastels - Slow Summits

A triumphant return...
The Pastels - Slow Summits

Though positively speedy when compared to one Kevin Shields, ‘Slow Summits’ is the first straight studio album by these Scottish indie-pop charmers in 16 years.

Hazy jangle, cooed vocals and glorious washes of trumpet and flute coalesce into something really rather special, offering a logical update of their demure but luscious sound of old.

Fading summer sunshine emanates from this album’s core, with lyrics touching on the inner workings of friendships, planes low in the sky and a gentle coercion towards an optimistic life.

It’s a record that will make you smile and swoon as it burrows its way into your heart. A triumphant return.

8/10

Words: Gareth James

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