Pastel Blue was a dream pop band from Osaka. They formed in early 2010 and broke up in late 2013. They released two albums in 2010 — Pastel Demos, and Blue Demos). I first heard them a few months ago via one of my shoegaze forums, and I was mesmerized by a different one of their songs. I started to write a post about “Two Blue Flowers”, but I abandoned it because I didn’t know anything about the band and also because the song was five years old. I’m trying to focus exclusively on new and forthcoming stuff, so I decided against the Pastel Blue post. Today, in a completely separate avenue of research, this band popped up again. So although this isn’t new, and although I know nothing at all about the band, I love it so much that I’m going to go ahead with it.
“Low-key” by Pastel Blue
It’s sort of like if Galaxie 500 had done a cover of Slowdive’s “Brighter”. Or if Slowdive had done a super-Slowdive-y interpretation of the Galaxie 500 tune “Listen, the Snow is Falling”. Whatever. It’s magnificently dreamy and ghost-like. It’s like floating in space, but it’s warm and bright like a mid-spring afternoon.
You can buy a download of Blue Demos via Bandcamp here. By today’s exchange rate, ¥720 JPY is equal to $5.94 USD.