(Photo credit: Lou Beauchard)
Paris based shoegaze/dream pop trio Pencey Sloe are set to release their debut album Don’t Believe, Watch Out via Prophecy Productions on September 27th. The band is made up of guitarist, singer and main composer Diane Pellotieri, lead guitarist Valentin Beaucourt and drummer Clément Aulnois. With somnambulistic certainty and a name harking back to American novelist J.D. Salinger, the trio creates soundscapes of beautifully psychedelic color with some darker tinges that urge you to glimpse into your own inner abyss.
We asked the band to give us three albums that have influenced them and their music and Diane replied with three great choices. These are her picks.
Album can be pre-ordered here: https://prophecy.lnk.to/pencey-sloe-dont-believe-watch-out
Pretty Hate Machine – NIN – 1989
Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis – 1998
The Effect Of 333 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – 2008
This half devil album is kind of an abstract weird noisy project, that I think tries to portray a landscape of desolation. It is very inspiring and reassuring that popular bands exceed certain limits, that they are always able to follow their instincts and their need to create, simply, without having to please anyone by writing hits. This album really influences me in this sense, it is far from being the best abstract album, though it is an excellent example of attitude to hold. This is an attitude found throughout their career. There are the songs for the radio, and jewels that you have to dig. Some people think that it is a masterful poop or an “uninteresting sound masturbation”, but many people are used to the fact that the music is made for us, to help heal our wounds, to understand us. It is necessary also to accept the need for artists to share a different project (and take the risk of being misunderstood), and it is our role as a “fan” to be caring when they do more bizarre, personal stuff, through which they did not educate us, nor accustomed to us.