The Pastels announced, yesterday, that the band will release its first album in 16 years. Their last work came in the form of a 2009 collaboration with Japanese duo Tenniscoats. The new album will be released on Domino Records and is entitled Slow Summits. The Pastels offered up snippets of the new material in the short video found below. Domino had this to say about the record:
“We are extremely excited to be able to announce a new Pastels record for 2013. Slow Summits is the record we waited so long for, wondered about, pencilled in then pencilled out, and now finally, triumphantly can pencil back in… but not with a pencil, with a flourish, with a fountain pen. Because it’s that kind of record. Recorded in Glasgow and mixed in Chicago, Slow Summits is already bringing some much needed optimism to 2013, why not let it do the same for you? Here’s a trailer they cut for it with their friend, Blair Young from The Forest Of Black. Check it out.”
The Pastels first formed in Glasgow, Scotland around 1982. The band spent its first few years churning out a string of singles for a handful of independent UK record labels, before releasing its debut LP Up for a bit with The Pastels in 1987. Both The Pastels’ unique sound and the formation of founder Stephen Pastel’s 53rd and 3rd record label provided a launching pad for acts like The Vaselines, The Shop Assistants and Belle & Sebastian. Slow Summits will be the band’s first studio release since 1997’s Illuminations.