The Finnish alt-rock quintet Pastis released their début EP Four Stories last week.
Fishing deep in to the pool of ’60s and ’70s brit-blues and merseybeat Pastis deliver music that has a warm analogue glow which palpably raises the temperature in the room. By flattening the dynamics of range in the songs they counterintuitively, for those used to a world of digital sharp definition production as being a normality, are able to create music that is wrapped in multifarious texturing in which the listener finds natural cohesion, far more expressively than multi-track compositions are ever able.
Word arrives they are preparing to launch themselves on the live circuit in and around Helsinki, if you happen to be nearby, whilst also planning a second release for later in the year.
Had they been listening to their music as the photpgraph was taken, they would have had no need for overcoats and woolly jumpers.
My selection of the EP, which is available on bandcamp, being the opener Es Muss Sein.
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