(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

I discovered this band when I started to get interested in shoegaze music and I listened a lot to The Jesus and Mary Chain and especially the album Automatic with the track ‘Sunray’, which led me directly to NIN. This album opened my mind a lot when I was younger. I discovered new sounds and new textures that opened new perspectives – a very different way of approaching music. Actually, it’s all of Trent Reznor’s masterpieces that inspire me. It is an artist very concerned by the world around him despite all the hatred it provokes. He is one of those artists with a real political, social vision and it is very important that today, so many voices heard in our musical landscape carry this type of speech, that they share it to trigger an awareness. There is also a lot of humility, the acceptance to be an actor and to be part of this negative world, oppressed and dying. He creates poetry around self-destruction, which I find as beautiful and disturbing.

Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis – 1998

Lead singer and principal songwriter of the band Talk Talk, Mark Hollis wrote his unique solo album in 1998. This solo album is very intimistic, splendid and silent. In my opinion, it’s evidence of wisdom and incredible maturity. It’s amazing to have this ability to build music around the silence, and to give the opportunity to the listener to hear and enjoy the emptiness. 
I play a style of music that requires a lot of effects, reverberation that fills and floods the space. This type of music avoids silence, and like in real life, it’s something that many people are afraid of. It’s often difficult to cope with silence and face it. When I listen to this album that breathes, it’s like when I listen to Leonard Cohen‘s songs. I find a comfortable and benevolent silence. As when you hang out with a friend without having to talk all the time. A kind of moment of peace I’m looking for.

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. 

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