Pale Sunday

Shooting Star

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Brazilian indie poppers Pale Sunday took a five-year break after the release of their 2005 album Summertime? The intervening years seem to have had no effect on the band’s sound whatsoever. Shooting Star sounds like it could have been recorded at the same sessions as Summertime?. The group still has the same wistfully jangling feel that will endear them to fans of classic groups like the Razorcuts, the same tenderly melancholy vocals, and a similarly pleasant manner. Over the course of an album, the consistency of the songwriting and uniformity of production is a bit much, but this four-song EP is much more successful. Any of the songs here would have been a highlight on Summertime?, especially the title track, which has a light and breezy feel that conjures up the sounds of Scotland circa 1991-1993. Not every band is cut out to make albums, and there’s no shame in sticking to singles and EPs. Especially when they are this solid.

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