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The Pale to Release ’21 Song Salute’

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Posted July 23, 2013 by AMA Music Agency in AMA Entertainment
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The Pale‘s ’21 Song Salute’ is an album twenty-one years in the making; made up for previously unreleased and unheard material from six of the band’s ten album recording sessions.

 ‘These songs are the strays, stragglers and forgotten sidekicks’ explains lead singer and lyricist Matthew Devereux, ‘To qualify for inclusion on this record the songs had to be unreleased, underexploited or unused. Really this is less a compilation and more an overview of the band’s unreleased catalogue, cherry picking from material we were almost too shy to release.’

The difficult task of choosing the right songs was a huge task in which the band sought the advice of their fans. Uploading a different song each week on Facebook and Soundcloud, the audience provided feedback to help compiling the best of the forgotten gems.

 ‘It’s an important record for us in that it was put together as a community record by our listeners. It’s nice to reward people who have been listening. I am hoping the record feels communal and that it was extracted out of us, rather than forced on them.’

After chart success with ‘Here’s One We Made Earlier’ and ‘Ripe’, plus massive live show acclaim in the early 1990s, The Pale decided to take things into their own hands and try things their own way; becoming a self-sufficient entity, continuously recording, but releasing sporadically.

 ‘We toured for a number of years under the name of Produkt. For a while we were the house band for an alternative circus. We put records out as fan-club exclusives or due to distribution deals, could only release them available in certain territories. It’s been said that we are one step out of kilter with the music industry’

Returning in the noughties, The Pale released and recorded four more albums as well as recording and shelving an entire album, ‘Delete Me’. The band’s constant writing and recording has meant that very often songs just haven’t made the final cut of albums for reasons other than song quality.

‘I think people are surprised at how much music we have produced‘ says Devereux. ‘For every album we recorded there were always songs that, for whatever reason didn’t quite fit. In a funny way the process of going back has allowed us to appreciate the eclecticism of what we do, but also how the various aspects of our music sit together. We have always had a consistent song-writing approach even though we put different backgrounds on our lyrical foregrounds. What is striking about this release is how well it all gels. In many ways this is the album we have been pushing to make all along.’

’21 Song Salute’ is released on 1969 Records on the 9th of August with a nationwide tour planned for Autumn.

21 Song Salute Tracklisting

1. Lady Gregory

Recorded: 2009 for the Proper Order Sessions

2. Bullets

Recorded 2003 for the Delete Me sessions

3. Sleeping Pattern

Recorded 2003 for the Delete Me sessions

4.  A Measure of Life

Recorded in 2011 for the I Woke Up And I Was Gone sessions

5. Delete Me

Recorded 2003 for the Delete Me sessions

6. Act of preservation

Recorded in 2013 for 21 Song Salute

7. Tiny Pictures

Recorded 2003 for the Delete Me sessions

8. Small Town

Recorded in 2005 for the Final Garden sessions

9. Monster

Recorded 2005 for the Delete Me sessions                

10. Good Ship

Recorded 2005 for the Final Garden sessions

11. Proverbial Shirt

Recorded in 2005 for the Delete Me Sessions

12. The Kid

Recorded in 2001 for a 2FM session

13. No One’s Oasis

Recorded in 2001 for Lonely Space Age sessions       

14. Red Letter Day

Recorded in 2009 for the Proper Order sessions

15. You Is What You Is (alternative mix)

Recorded in 1992 for the Ripe Sessions.

16.Viva La Idiot

Recorded in 2009 for the “I Woke Up And I Was Gone” sessions.

17. Accident

Recorded in 1992 for the Ripe sessions            

18. Rabbit’s Pay

Recorded in 2011 for the I Woke Up And I Was Gone sessions.

19. Sober

Recorded in 2005 for the Delete Me sessions

20. Something Invisible

Recorded in 2005 for the Delete Me sessions       

21. Slope

Recorded in 2009 for the Proper Order Sessions

 

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