About "Pala"

Pala is the second album from British alternative dance band Friendly Fires, released on their label XL Recordings. It was released in the UK on 16th May 2011, and charted at number 6 on the UK Albums Chart. The album name comes from Aldous Huxley's final novel Island, which tells the story of a journalist shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala, which supports a utopian society. Three singles have been released to date, including "Live Those Days Tonight", "Hawaiian Air", and "Hurting".

Recorded over about 12 months in locations across London, St. Albans, Rye, New York and Yvetot, France, Pala was produced in part by Paul Epworth along with the band. The artwork for the album features a parrot photograph from one of famed fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø's personal projects, while the album also sees musical collaborations with The Harlem Gospel Choir and Holy Ghost's Alex Frankel. A review by MusicOMH stated that "it's no surprise that Friendly Fires' album evokes paradise from its very essence, only the kind grounded in festival fields and back gardens".


1. Live Those Days Tonight - 5.02
2. Blue Cassette - 3.32
3. Running Away - 3.02
4. Hawaiian Air - 4.12
5. Hurting - 5.03
6. Pala - 4.01
7. Show Me Lights - 3.36
8. True Love - 3.15
9. Pull Me Back to Earth - 3.30
10. Chimes - 4.37
11. Helpless - 4.30

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