Pale Sunday

A Weekend With Jane

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Pale Sunday is from Brazil, and trades in pleasant, guitar-based indie pop. The vocals are sensitive, the guitars strummed politely, the drums lightly tippy-tapped (probably by machines), the synths set on weepy orchestra. The four songs on the group's debut EP breeze past on a cloud of pleasant nostalgia for bands like the Chesterfields, the Field Mice, and East Village -- bands that jangled nicely and harmonized and wore sweaters. The members of Pale Sunday probably don't wear a lot of sweaters, but their music does. Even when they rock out a little on the single's best track, the catchy and most Sarah Records-sounding -- no, make that most Sunday Records-sounding -- "The Girl With the Sunny Smile," it is done in such a way that no one's beverage of choice is likely to be upset, much less toppled. If you like your indie pop by the book and Charlie Brown sweet, Pale Sunday is a band to keep your eyes open for.

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