Bare Pale's upcoming EP Be Where I Am is a dissonant and distorted piece of work, floating between My Bloody Valentine and bedroom Pop
A few years have gone by since the release of If It Is, but Matthew Rickelton has remained faithful to his ethos: churning lo-fi bedroom Pop style gems. He is a purveyors of a melodic, fuzzy and washed-out sounds. The opener You Owe Me buzzes lazily with youthful zest and confused dreams sounding like it was recorded from beneath a blanket. Your Name is a monolithic skewed guitar pop with ethereal vocals. Basically, Be Where I Am is the perfect balance in dynamic, thoughtfully constructed yet loose, mature yet lo-fi record. A brilliantly shoegaze influenced blast.
But why wait any longer? Here's the full EP right here, followed by a quick interview with the mastermind behind Bare Pale Matthew Rickelton...
Hi Matthew, what was your head space like while making this new record? Well these songs, along with a few others were regrettably in limbo for a few years. Stuck in between being recorded and being mixed/finished while I was involved in a few other musical projects as well as working, trying to be a good boyfriend, playing video games etc. I was pretty much ‘doing the finishing touches' for around two years. Pretty ridiculous I know. So I cant exactly say what my headspace was like. No doubt it would have been a mess though.
I know many people are still attached to If It Is, which dates back to 2012. How do you view your work from that era? Yeah sure I still enjoy listening to those songs and playing them live. I'm not completely sickened to my stomach while listening to them yet so I guess that’s a good thing. I kinda see If It Is being part of an anthology of records and EPs from all my favorite London-based contemporaries of that time like Fever Dream, Gum, Honeyslide, Sheen, Whistlejacket. Thinking about it makes me feel all nostalgic and soppy. I have a lot of fond memories from those times.
Best record which came out in 92'? Slanted and Enchanted by Pavement. I remember hearing it for the first time when I was probably like 17 and it blowing my naive little mind. Then after trying to write Pavement-y type songs in that tuning Malkmus used a lot on that record, which I sometimes still used to this day. Interesting Bare Pale fact of the day – that record actually came out the day I was born.