Ten Years of
Pale Machine

by Jillian Caulfield, posted November 12, 2023

It's hard to believe it's been 10 years now since Pale Machine came out. It feels like just yesterday that I was listening to it in high school and feeling like a whole world of music was opening up in front of me. The album was my white rabbit, and I was Alice, stumbling into a new world of off-kilter pop music, of musical syncretism and sincerity and textures and rhythms and deliveries that tickled my brain like nothing else -- a rabbit hole that I became deliciously, deliriously lost in, one that I've never wanted to climb out of.

Clickable map of works Pale Machine led me to
First OMORI trailer Pale Machine (original release), bo en Plastic Platform, bo en for The 405 Vib-Ribbon for the PS1 Popteen, tomggg  おしえて, avec avec Maltine Records Grimecraft EP, Grimecraft Re:Flicker, v/a Pink and Blue, Hannah Diamond PC Music Every Night, Hannah Diamond Drop FM, A. G. Cook ft. Hannah Diamond Keri Baby, A. G. Cook ft. Hannah Diamond Attachment, Hannah Diamond Lifestyle, Dux Content Never Thought, Danny Sunshine 1UL EP, Danny L Harle Broken Flowers, Danny L Harle Picture This, Kero Kero Bonito Intro Bonito, Kero Kero Bonito Bonito Generation, Kero Kero Bonito Summer Trees, Diveo Fever Dreams, Diveo Spaceman, Diveo World Zoomed Out, Diveo In Case It Crashes, ABSRDST & Diveo We're Beautiful, ABSRDST & Diveo

And yet, almost a decade into my exploration of the subterranean pop and electronic wonderland Pale Machine opened up for me, bo en's magnum opus has never lost its luster. Something about the way the unusual timbres and wobbly rhythms and strange lyrics and sincere vocals come together like a dense, lush dream -- odd, anxious, playful, bittersweet. Something beautiful and true.

Lines from the above tree of works coming back to Pale Machine 10 Year Anniversary Re-Master