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Moodboard: Pale

Hot on the heels of their latest single, ‘Fearing Faces’, dropping last month on 37 Adventures, much-hyped London duo Pale agreed to take us on a walking tour through the genetic make-up of their swoonsome electro-pop. From beautiful German films (The Lives of Others) to beautiful Italian footballers (Andrea Pirlo), these are the things that the pair draw strength from.

Below, you can stream ‘Fearing Faces’ and carry on scrolling for a list that includes Damien Hirst, Milanese canals and what’s possibly London’s best pizza:

1. Roland 909

“When we started Pale we couldn’t find a drummer so we had to make do with writing all our songs on drum machines. We’ve played with drummers since but none are as reliable so we still don’t have one. Get in touch if you think you are as seamless, obedient and effortlessly capable as the 909.”

2. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

“I like my non-fiction to be thorough, but a little inconclusive and vague in its pursuit. I’m not interested in opinions and/or prescriptions unless I’m reading or being told about my own mental health. And even then I’m pretty suspicious.”

3. Damien Hirst – The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

“Okay, so it’s pretty pretentious to include a conceptual artist in an online moodboard. Especially when it’s Damien Hirst. You’re probably thinking Banksy will pop up at number 8/9 to really put the ‘West’ in my London, or Andy Warhol, or the work of Jack Kerouac? Or maybe they’ll go the other way and ironically include something that’s so uncool that it could be cool, like TLC’s seminal album CrazySexyCool, and note in all sincerity our appreciation of its pop sensibility and accomplished production technics. No, no. My intention is not to convey to you a distorted or exaggerated projection of myself, or my band. But instead to enrich your minds and lives with what I know to be worth knowing!

The Shark as it is more commonly known, by Damien Hirst was my first introduction to his work. I vaguely remember being attracted to it because I was about 5 years old and it looked cool and shocking. About 15 years later, I knew of him but I had no interest in knowing anything more about him. As far as I was concerned he was the art world’s answer to David Beckham.

I later discovered that the The Shark was in fact called The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. I was immediately taken aback. I thought it was profound on so many levels. I’ve been very interested in him and his work ever since.

We shouldn’t love to hate him. He is very special. He invites you to call him shallow and many do. But, give yourself the chance to enjoy the depth and beauty of his work. The clearer the mirror, the better the art in my opinion. That is what makes Damien Hirst a great artist. Many of us don’t want to see ourselves clearly, that is the tragedy of our age. Damien is a triumph of our age, and will be remembered that way.”

4. Navigli, Milan

“Navigli is the Milanese equivalent of the Canal Saint Martin in Paris. All the best cafes, restaurants, pizzerias, bars etc.

Milan is an underrated city compared to the likes of Rome and Florence. To me it’s much more. I lived there as student between the age of 18 and 20 so it shaped me. There was a clubnight there called Plastic but I don’t believe it exists anymore, and I’ve since grown to despise nightclubs. Go to Trattoria Al Pont de Ferr for great food.”

5. John Martyn – ‘One Day Without You’ (Live at Reading University, 1978)

“I can’t watch this without being mesmerised. He seems totally lost.”

6. Andrea Pirlo

“There are still people who believe that football is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans, while rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen. Step forward, Andre Pirlo…

Andre Pirlo is the thinking man’s footballer: a wine-sipping sophisticate who seems to float around the pitch, elegantly sculpting the play around him.

His decorated football career is one that deserves the highest accolade; he has won the league a handful of times, the Champions League and Super Cup with AC Milan and the World Cup with Italy. But, it is his chiselled good looks, flawless hair and sculpted beard that dwarf all of his greatest footballing achievements. The only thing that is universally more beautiful than the beautiful game itself is the beautiful man that is Andre Pirlo.”

7. Creep Club Blog

“This is my cousin Alex’s blog. He’s a closet drag queen (based on his Instagram) and one of my creative heroes. He does a lot of work for gay and lesbian rights. I love his drawings. Take a look for yourselves!”

8. Santa Maria, Ealing

“Santa Maria Pizzeria in Ealing is supposed to be the best pizza in London. Given that I’m from south west London and I love pizza, I thought it was worth a mention. It’s amazing.”

9. The Lives Of Others

The Lives of Others is a German film by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Set in 1984, it’s about the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi: the GDR’s secret police. That actually makes it sound pretty boring, but it’s incredibly beautiful and moving.”

10. Grey’s Anatomy

“There is nothing more human than trying to do good and failing because you were flawed from the start. Such a truth is perfectly depicted in the confines of Seattle’s Grey’s Hospital. They say death brings out the best and the worst in people, and after watching the first few seasons, you can’t really argue.

It begins with six attractive interns, all very different. Competition, sexual tension, ambition, superiors, sexual tension, blood, sexual tension, illness and death all seeping from the pixelated screen that you’ve pulled up from your knees to your chest, brightness on the lowest setting so whoever is sleeping next to you isn’t kept awake by your flickering new obsession.

One of the many brilliant things about the show is that half of the cast are not yet doctors. They are aspiring interns in direct competition with one another. They are constantly trying to gain an edge while also developing very close and deep relationships due to the intense, high pressure environment they’re in. As the characters develop they seem to reveal never-ending layers making the viewer fall in and out of love with them as they exhibit their qualities and shortcomings.

It’s kind of sophisticated enough to satisfy your conscience but it’s shallow enough to enjoy without taking too seriously. I mean, I take it very seriously but that’s just me.”

11. Alfie’s Antique Market

“If you like art deco and/or unusual furniture then you’ll love this place. Church Street is full of amazing shops selling rare antiques and beautiful things that I can’t afford.”

- Alex Cull

Pale’s ‘Fearing Faces’ is available now on 37 Adventures. You can buy it here.

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