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Chastity Belt – I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

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.

These dream weavers have been picked up by seminal Seattle label Hardly Art and will, Gott sei Dank, be playing Kantine am Berghain on September 17th along with Magic Potion.

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Soviet Soviet Guides ACUD in Introspection on 31.05

The Italian post-punk trio, Soviet Soviet, headlined ACUD last Wednesday night in support of their latest album, Endless.

I watched a man in the audience stare out the window for twenty minutes. Soon after, I realized how perfect Soviet Soviet is for introspection. The three-piece created the perfect atmosphere for thinking about it all. I imagined the thick layers of sound filling in every corner of the barely-lit room while casual goths slowly nodded their head. The night moved slowly, even when the rhythm was fast-paced and insisting.

Andrea Giometti (bass and vocals) created his own chaos in the corner of the stage, throwing his bass around as the speed and sound increased. Alessandro Costantini (guitar) and Alessandro Ferri (drums) were often closing their eyes, joining everyone else in their own head.

One thing that sets Soviet Soviet apart from other modern post-punk bands are the vocals. Giometti’s pitch somehow fit in just right with the darker tones of the genre and it was executed perfectly in a live setting.

Random Chatter called Endless, “a musical journey that is completely built on hope”, and I walked away from the venue feeling just that, despite the current state of the world.

 

Colette is a freelance writer based in Berlin. She likes Turkish psych rock, wandering, data sculptures, and white sauce.  For more Colette, visit here

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