So many groups who start out with energy and a spark get old and gravitate all too quickly towards making more conventional rock records. The Pastels have always been too astute, too unconventional and too genuinely in love with music from less championed corners (as proved by their marvellous Insane Energy Drop mix which accompanied my copies) to wander down that cul-de-sac to mundanity. Instead, as time's gone on, they've increasingly accentuated the elegant and the thoughtful over the trashy and the nonchalant. I'm glad that the release of the new Pastels lp has felt like an event. That it has been so well received and that it has prompted some really memorable writing - most notably Richard King's wonderful piece - has been heartening to see. On a personal level, it's a much needed reminder that life in 2013 has so much more to offer than Personal Development Plans, shattered windows, failed MOTs and the like and that sometimes the people you admire don't let you down. Recently, things have been hectic and the need to simplify and do less has become urgent. Purposefully making the the time to listen to "Slow Summits" without the distractions of the television or the laptop logged-on to Twitter has provided some much needed calm. I guess, it's just nice to have something truly beautiful on which to focus. The Pastels are still the best group I've ever heard.
The Pastels discuss "Slow Summits" with Sushil K. Dade aka The Future Pilot.