Salt Lake City-based new wave indie, grunge-esque band Pale Dream dropped their latest single “Something Tells Me.” Scattered with the art of nostalgia and archived footage that looks and sounds fresh out of the ’90s, you’d almost believe that it wasn’t released this year if nobody told you.
Like many other retro indie and alternative artists that know how to capture the art of the past, Pale Dream do so in a way that enlightens the feelings of simplicity that are missing from a lot of music today.
“Something Tells Me” draws on similarities to bands such as The Smiths and Nirvana; it takes us down a path of memories that involve friends, kicking rocks, and camcorders before the internet took over. With clean reverberating riffs and fuzzy indie vocals, the pixelated footage of the music video from snapshot to snapshot takes us back to a time that we completely forgot to remember — comparable to looking through an old photo album from a past time.
The humility and simplicity amongst “Tell Me Something” is nothing short of reminiscent whilst carrying the essence of the messy-teen-culture of the 90s in the middle of America, with a Malcolm in the Middle type of boy spirit where everything is just “so whatever”.
Pale Dream explore the art of nostalgia in “Something Tells Me” with such authenticity that we almost believe that it is truly and honestly the way the boys in the band live their life, and not just for the aesthetic and image of the music.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2023’ Spotify playlist.
We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.