Now based in London, they started their musical journey in their hometown of Southampton. Pale Seas are a four-piece who conjure up warm, rich, acoustic led dream-folk songs, evoking a sound somewhere between Beach House and Elliot Smith.
Fronted by the charismatic songwriter Jacob Scott, Netherlands’ core members include guitarist Graham Poole, Matthew Bishop on bass and Zealah Izabella Anstey on percussion and backing vocals. The extended family includes studio members Ben Clark on Viola, Peter Scott on violin and American guitarist Garret Ney.
Having been together for little over a year, the maturity in the songwriting and the live show is that of an established band who have been playing together for years. The lo-fi bedroom demos first recorded by Jacob have been reinvigorated after the band stepped into the studio with esteemed producer duo Jimmy Robertson and Demian Castellanos, who between them have worked on debuts for Florence & The Machine, Anna Calvi, The Big Pink and Tribes. The result was the beautifully constructed Something Or Nothing and Amour.
Something Or Nothing displays Pale Seas’ aptitude of crafting beautifully refined songs with elegant harmonies. Like a night fire whilst it rains outside, there’s a richness and subtle grandeur to their sound. The scintillating guitars and melancholic vocals contain a certain sparkle and charm, which grows with each and every listen.