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White Hot Moon [Digipak]
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Album: White Hot Moon [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Satisfactory World for Reasonable People, A
2)    Burden You
3)    Bonhomie
4)    September
5)    What Might Soothe You?
6)    Plum
7)    Nothing Rips Through Me
8)    Orange and Red
9)    Dandelion
10)    White Hot Moon
11)    Pin a Star
12)    Wappen Beggars
 

Album: White Hot Moon [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Satisfactory World for Reasonable People, A
2)    Burden You
3)    Bonhomie
4)    September
5)    What Might Soothe You?
6)    Plum
7)    Nothing Rips Through Me
8)    Orange and Red
9)    Dandelion
10)    White Hot Moon
11)    Pin a Star
12)    Wappen Beggars
 
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  • Personnel: Brennan Greaves, Britty Drake (vocals, guitar); Brandan Pierce (bass guitar); Sean St. Charles (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Will Yip.
  • Recording information: Studio 4 Conshohocken, PA (02/2015/03/2015).
  • Photographer: Brennan Greaves.
  • Ever since the style began, shoegaze bands have followed a predictable career trajectory. Make a noisy EP that threatens to blow speakers, follow it with a slightly more under-control album that focuses more on songs than it does sound, then on album two (if they get that far) sand off all the rough edges in favor of a slick, professional rock presentation. Pity Sex made good on the first two, but they fail on the third. Their second album, White Hot Moon, doesn't scale back the noise; Britty Drake and Brennan Greaves' guitars are still overdriven and powerfully loud, Sean St. Charles still bashes the drums like they are on fire, and Brandan Pierce's bass is often just as fuzzy as the guitars. Will Yip's production doesn't do much to fancy up their basic sound and, overall, there's nothing very slick to be heard. Like they did on the excellent Feast of Love, Pity Sex do a great job of balancing noise with melody, using both in equal amounts throughout the record and always making good use of shoegaze's standard loud-quiet dynamics. Drake and Greaves blend their voices in classic fashion too, with his deep monotone and her sweet high voice coming off very Velocity Girl-esque. Getting the sound down, and not blanding it out, is impressive enough, but the band also wrote a strong album's worth of songs. Sticking to a patch of ground firmly located between quietly melancholic and calmly depressed, the album creates a hazy mood of sadness that lingers long after the last overloaded notes fade away. Great clouds of minor chords, voices that linger on the edge of tears, tempos that rarely break a sweat (with the occasional exception like the bouncy "Orange and Red"), words that don't dance around the pains of being alive; these are all hallmarks of a record that's out to give listeners heavy feels. White Hot Moon succeeds on that front, and when combined with the sturdy sonic foundation, the result is a second album that evades the shoegaze curse with ease. It may fail to reach the heights that Feast of Love did, but it's no great drop off either and finishes building a strong foundation for the band. Now they can work on doing something even fewer shoegaze bands ever accomplished, making a good third album. ~ Tim Sendra
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Their latest finishes a turn towards dispassionate Nineties alt rock nostalgia that began with their soupy 2013 debut, FEAST OF LOVE. The band has never sounded so desolate, or more distinctly themselves."

Spin - "[O]n their sophomore record, White Hot Moon, the doe-eyed foursome widen their lyrical scope, weaving metaphors out of the space beyond their bedrooms' walls."

Clash (magazine) - "[I]'s Drake that takes the lead on one of the standout tracks `Plum', a devastatingly candid ode to her late mother. It's a rare tender moment, deviating from the fuzz-and-wallow formula of the album to showcase her poetic lyrics and the clarity of her mesmerisingly breathy voice..."
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