“Illuminum Song” by The Pastels

Pastels 'Check My Heart'

Remember the days of B-sides? You really loved that one single from your favorite band so you’d by the 7″, only to discover the incredible B-side that rested upon the other side of the record. Those moments are becoming more scarce but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Glasgow band The Pastels, having not released an album for over 16 years, announced that they’d be releasing a new album called Slow Summits on Domino Records on May 27. They’ve also decided to release a 7″ of their first single “Check My Heart”, which is paired with the B-side “Illuminum Song”, a song I found so absolutely charming I had to share it. It’s kind of twee pop at it’s very finest, with singer Katrina Mitchell’s voice floating over a gently strumming guitar back by horns and flutes. It’s kind of perfect for a spring day.

For those who are curious about what the first single “Check Your Heart” sounds like I’ve pasted that down below. Definitely peppier than B-side but damn do they still sound amazing. I guess 16 years of no records didn’t mean a thing!

May 6, 2013 / By