Tipped by many to become one of the most exciting and unique British guitar bands of the decade off the back of rapturous critical acclaim, Pale | Seas, on the eve of the release of a long-anticipated debut album, simply disappeared. No hiatus announcement, no press release, nothing.

For the following two years the band, led by jeweled enigmatic frontman Jacob Scott alongside Graham Poole (Lead Guitar), Matthew Bishop (Bass) & Andrew Richardson (Drums), emitted no signal, instead embarking upon a period of prolonged isolation.

The decision to do so would go on to define the band’s dark, otherworldly and expansive sound. To capture it and enhance it further the band enlisted the help of producer Chris Potter (The Verve, Urban Hymns) & Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, Devendra Banhart).

Scott’s influences include Neil Young, P.J. Harvey, Elliott Smith and Half Japanese (who Scott says, “got me to pick up a guitar in the first place”) – but as a rule of thumb, it’s not been music that’s shaped who he is as an artist.

His mother, a painter, was a much bigger influence. “I learned more from growing up with her than I have from music. She found a way to channel her life experiences into something beautiful and real. To see that, to witness someone so close to you turning their life in to art was, to me, more powerful than hearing any band play.”

In an effort to capture the state he was in when the songs were written, ‘Stargazing For Beginners’ was recorded mostly at night in the ancient abbey – Scott says the feeling an artist has when they first write something “can’t be replaced, unless you get it first take.” There are many first takes on the album and many more hours between them spent waiting for the perfect moment to arrive.”

Stargazing for Beginners serves as an emotional artifact: 10 nerve-splintering studies in fear, isolation and heartbreak set in a vast multi-layered sonic landscape. The album’s many breakthrough moments were captured during night sessions in a medieval abbey on the Isle of Wight, with the band in almost total isolation – refusing to leave until the record was completed. Stargazing for Beginners is due out October 6th on Abbey Records.


Into The Night
My Own Mind
In A Past Life
Blood Return
Stargazing For Beginners
Animal Tongue
Heal Slow
Evil Is Always One Step Behind

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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