Pale Waves - 'Eighteen'


Pale Waves have shared the video for new single 'Eighteen', which is taken from their debut album My Mind Makes Noises, that is due out the 14th September via Dirty Hit. 

Manchester quartet Pale Waves’ indie pop feels as though its covered in a sheen of neon pink glitter, much like the music of their oft-seen-as mentor Matty Healy- but unlike the 1975’s often bleakly depicted views on the world, Pale Waves’ new track Eighteen captures the feeling of being young and in love perfectly. The band are masters at writing absolutely infectious hooks, and Eighteen is no exception; from the shining synth line running throughout the song to the bubblegum pop chorus, Heather Baron-Gracie and co. have succeeded once again at moulding a single so danceable that even the grumpiest pop cynics will have trouble not tapping their feet.

Eighteen is impeccably produced- it is packed full of crisp snares and delicate reverb vocal effects that evoke an utterly dreamy atmosphere, perfectly fitting for lyrics such as “I was eighteen when I met you, poured my heart out, spilt all my truth/I finally felt like I could breathe for the first time”. Baron-Gracie’s vocals are almost sickeningly sweet and her lyrics, in this song and in Pale Waves’ whole discography, feel both brilliantly nostalgic and immediately relevant at the same time. Eighteen is yet another triumph for the band, who truly deserve the hype they’re getting.

Words by Ellie Rogerson