BlackBook Premiere: Listen to Pale Dian’s Synth-Driven ‘Pas De Deux’

  1. Photography: Raphael Umscheid

Having formed just last year, Austin trio, Pale Dian‘s supreme take on shoegaze has their sound rooted in the influences of Cocteau Twins, Lush and My Bloody Valentine. Their first single, “In A Day,” (released earlier this year) stacked layers on layers of swirling, fuzzed out guitars, architecting the perfect wall of sound. With their new track, “Pas De Deux,” the band strips down the pedals, brings forth their synth and creates an echoing atmosphere for lead singer Ruth Ellen Smith to vamp her vocals that are one part Liz Frazier and one part Asobi Seksu’s Yuki Chikudate.

“This song was my experiment with dub,” Ruth said. “The recording was all an idea that I had from a demo that just needed to be fine tuned with studio love. With the help of our amazing producer Alex Bhore (This Will Destroy You), we hashed it out. The recording has guitar only at the end, so we learned to play the song live later. [The live version] comes across much darker, which I’m pleased with.  I often write [songs] that are dissonant but somehow work out in a way that make your ears have to think. This is that song.”

Listen, below, to the BlackBook exclusive premiere of “Pas De Deux:”


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Pale Dian’s, debut album Narrow Birth comes out June 3rd on Manifesto Records. (Pre-order, here).

For the First Time, YSL Manifesto Hits the Streets of Los Angeles

If you’re well-versed in all things Yves Saint Laurent, then you know all about Manifesto, the luxury French fashion house’s seasonal publication featuring a collection of exclusive interviews and imagery curated by YSL creative director Stefano Pilati. And you certainly know about the guerilla distribution of the limited edition tote bag that carries it. For the next eight consecutive seasons, 2,000 lucky bystanders on the streets in major cities will be handed the covetable Manifesto tote, along with a large format look book that features model Arizona Muse shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

Starting March 5, distribution will take place in Paris, New York, London, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and, for the first time ever, Los Angeles—which is sure to spawn a number of hopeful pedestrians in front of YSL’s Beverly Hills storefront.

If you’re not lucky enough to snag a tote, you can still download the complete SS11 YSL Manifesto here on March 5.