On their latest album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, Seattle’s Chastity Belt are trying to break free. The album opens with aptly titled “Different Now,” a washed out dreamer of a track that addresses the struggles of trying to find yourself while feeling the anxiety of growing older.
The album continues with the themes that have always haunted humans in their mid and upper twenties: money, image, identity, the general notion of becoming an adult. Mid-way through the album we find the second single, “Used to Spend,” a track (much like the entire album) that occupies a curious space between post-punk, surf and shoegaze. The song contains lyrics like “I wanna have self-control, I wanna be sincere, but nothing’s ever really free when you’re living in fear” and “feeling like a real champ, but for how long?” Again touching on identity issues that plague us all.
Though the lyrics on I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone challenge the listener to be comfortable with themselves, an often rather uncomfortable task, the music of the album itself naturally releases some of that tension. The album has a drone-y, dream like quality that will be perfect to help us float into summer.