Urgency

by The Pale Pacific

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"The optimistic sheen of 2003’s Gravity Gets Things Done gives way to a darker, wearier version of The Pale Pacific’s classic pop sound on the band’s second release. From the first track, “In the Sun Pt. 2,” the band moves slowly and deliberately. Songs begin and end with buzzes and absentminded noodling, quiet conversations play in the background. Atmospheric keyboards often edge out guitars, which have mutated from their former crisp, punchy selves into something subtler—at times fuzzy, at others soaring in reverb-soaked glory. The band lets songs breathe, a tact which works beautifully on numbers like “Tied to a Million Things.” It’s not until the fourth track, “Identity Theft,” that we feel sunshine. The bouncy “Your Parents’ House” recalls Badly Drawn Boy at his most buoyant, but the upbeat tracks are the exception to the rule. Urgency is a snapshot of a maturing band mastering the use of recording-studio-as-instrument and learning how to slow down."
- Joel Hartse, Paste Magazine


(Urgency) is moodily introspective, with the guitars softly dimmed with reverb in the quiet straits, with even some keyboard-pop like where Belle & Sebastian dig The Zombies. But (The Pale Pacific) also do a taut, busy indie-pop that gets even more out of Gabe Archer's luminous voice. Investigate immediately!
Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover


"Now known as the Pale Pacific, the band delves quite a bit deeper on "Urgency," a strong,.. deep collection of songs that also shows a band in maturity."
-The Seattle Times


"The indie-rock sensible Pale Pacific satisfies with plenty of Rhodes and delay pedal, as well as notable showmanship."
-Seattle Weekly

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released August 23, 2005

by Gabe Archer, Justin Harcus, Cameron Nicklaus & Greg Swinehart

Recorded by Cameron Nicklaus on Orcas Island, WA
Mixed by Cameron Nicklaus and Chris Walla
Mastered by Rick Fisher

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The Pale Pacific Seattle, Washington

The Pale Pacific (formerly The Pale) is a moody little pop band from Bellingham, WA.

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