Belgium seems to be an underrated country when it comes to its musical exports. However, if you grew up in the late nineties, you surely remember it was a golden era for Belgium and Eurodance, a country that gave us 2 Unlimited’s ‘No Limits’ and Technotronic’s ‘Pump Up The Jam’. If you’re older, Jacques Brel is a name close to your heart. If you ended up on the more electronic and/or alternative rock end of the spectrum, bands like Vive La Fête, Soulwax, Stromae and dEUS will, almost certainly, ring a bell. (I’d like to give a shout out to Teen Creeps as well – Ed.)

Fast-forwarding to 2018, four-piece band Pale Grey, Belgium’s latest musical export, have been working for over two years on what became Waves, their debut album. Described as “kindness and intense humanity” and a “singular atmosphere made of a strong identity, a combination of contrasts and consistency, of contradictions and continuity of evolution and permanency” and in collaboration with French producer Yann Arnaud, who has previously worked with Air and Phoenix, the band was able to deconstruct dream pop driven soft electronics. incorporating nuances of hip hop influences and deliver a pretty, solid and beautifully executed record, out on March 2nd via JauneOrange and Believe.

‘Late Night’, their lead single, combines soft synths with craftly built words by Chicago-based rapper Serengeti. Despite being the only hip-hop song on the new album, by placing an off-genre track within their genre, Pale Grey allow themselves endless variants and possibilities to further explore their sound, identity and set new goals for future, and likely, achievements.

Listen to the exclusive stream of Pale Grey’s debut album Waves below.

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