Atmosphere is the operative word for this debut album from Boston “dream pop” duo, Pale Hands. Comprised of singer Jen Johnson and husband/musical partner Mike Latulippe, these nine songs are mellow, groove-y and have that soundtrack feel but is very warm and embracing. Spirit Lines is a quality antidote for chilly and dark autumn evenings.
Starting with “Locusts”, Johnson’s silky vocals work perfectly with the melody and electronic drum patterns; the chorus has a nice hook and is a good introduction. “Tied Up” has an ’80’s synth (that word will be used, yes) ballad body and a visual feel – you can almost imagine a futuristic carousel; “Seismic” has well-balanced time shifts and deliciously crisp harmonies on the chorus. “Fanatic” is slower, but catchy as all get-out; “Under/Over” is the album’s standout – big, bold and Jen Johnson’s vocals are filled with an emotion that leaps out of the speakers.
All in all, I like it. A lot. It has boldness, terrific production and songs that are filled with color and life. An excellent start for Pale Hands, no doubt.