pâle regard – “Bus de nuit”


Already responsible for one of the year’s finest tracks with “Appel d’air,” French group pâle regard return with another mesmerizing beauty, with the track “Bus de nuit.” Translated to “night bus,” the track certainly accomplishes a nocturnal feel with its lushly entrancing guitars and delicate lead vocal. The initial verses cast listeners in a hypnotic state, with gently swaying guitars and touches of synths.

The track’s first hook-laden unveiling at 01:44 is pure brilliance; the vocals assume a more melancholic composure, as the ghostly backing synths emerge with more prominence. It’s a fantastic moment that returns again toward the track’s conclusion. “Bus de nuit” is captivating from start to finish, another success from this emerging French act.

Regarding the track, the band calls it “a delicate ballad that portrays a day in the life of a Parisian waitress. The song follows her through the night on her way back home in this grey, concrete and dangerous city. She lives a monotonous life, but still shines in the night like all the layers of synth that illuminate the song.”

“Bus de nuit” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Shoegaze/ Post-Punk / Dream-Pop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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