Pity Sex
White Hot Moon


4.0
excellent

Review

by Conmaniac USER (72 Reviews)
May 8th, 2016 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do you remember? I'd give my life if it would last forever

I recently wrote a paper about the idea of feeling nostalgic when listening to music. Although it’s obvious that songs you have heard before will make you feel nostalgic, I stumbled across the theory that music you have never heard before can also make you feel nostalgic. I wholeheartedly believe in this theory and Pity Sex’s newest album, White Hot Moon, only helps justify it.

For me, fuzzy guitars and melancholic melodies give me a sense of nostalgia. Pity Sex keeps the distortion and shoegazey vibes at a 10 on this album, much like their past releases. The near-monotone, laid back style of singing is still present from both Britty and Brennan while the rest of the band supplements this with soaring melodies and tight rhythmic sections. However, the progression is present as both the song-writing abilities and lyrics have been elevated.

Songs like ‘Bonhomie’ and ‘Wappen Beggars’ showcase a newfound sense of dynamics and flourishing new ideas from the band. ‘A Satisfactory World for Reasonable People’ and ‘What Might Soothe You?’ sound a lot like something off of Feast of Love with their shorter song lengths and eerily familiar, yet welcome harmonies and guitar riffs. Most of the album is extremely solid and consistent, and this would prove to be another great release from Pity Sex that leaves the listener with something left to be desired if it wasn’t for two songs.

I honestly can’t pinpoint what chords or melodies or chord progressions make me feel nostalgic, but I know for sure there’s some sort of pattern. It’s a beautiful thing when the music itself is able to make you feel a whirlwind of emotions, both new and recognizable ones. Maybe it’s just me, as music is incredibly subjective, but when Brennan and Britty end ‘Nothing Rips Through Me’ with their eerie, yet comforting “oohs”, I get a wave of intense nostalgia. The inherent catchiness of the closing melody is captivating and stunning, as both the guitars and the vocals foreshadow this beautiful closing to the song.

‘Plum’ proves to be a standout for similar, but ultimately different reasons. Within this track, Britty opens up to us about the time soon before her mother’s death, a surprisingly personal confession and a beautiful moment in the album. For once the band cuts back on the distortion and fuzz, clearing the air for Britty’s poignant yet somber lyrics, "My mother died in mid-June. And I knew, oh I knew. That day my father died too". The overarching plum metaphor is incredible as it both portrays the relationship between Britty and her mother and the subtle feelings of nostalgia in the summer.

As the album ends and the fuzz subsides I can’t help but feel an intoxicated-like state of longing and wistfulness, a bittersweet combination of yearning for the past because of the pleasant remembrances the past holds. It’s an intoxication I hope I’ll always be able to go back to when listening to music, but it’s also an intoxication that can just as easily become a part of the past, a new addition to my nostalgia.



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Conmaniac
May 8th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't written a review in awhile, thought this was worthy of one. Tried to get more personal with this one as well so suggestions/criticisms are welcome! I was honestly really surprised as to how much I liked this album as Pity Sex has always been kinda middle of the road for me.



Here's Nothing Rips Through Me which is probably their best song www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFczDhGten8

Snake.
May 8th 2016


23019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

burden you is a jam and a half



pos

Conmaniac
May 8th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah first half of the album is killer. second half drags a bit but still decent.

Snake.
May 8th 2016


23019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sounds like pity sex

Conmaniac
May 8th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yup lol. basically how all their releases end up turning out but I feel like this one is special

Conmaniac
May 8th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol probably shouldn't have posted this review the same day the new Radiohead album was supposed to come out

hal1ax
May 8th 2016


15557 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a disappointing snooze fest

TheWrenKing
May 8th 2016


1708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

rookie move

Conmaniac
May 8th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

v true @Wren. oh well hopefully people who care will see this!



and why do you say so @hal1ax?

hal1ax
May 8th 2016


15557 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh I mean I didn't hate it, it just sounded pretty monotonous on first listen. No songs stood out to me, just felt really listless. I need to jam again tho

Conmaniac
May 8th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah I getcha...I feel the same way every time i listen to a full Pity Sex release aha so I totally getcha. I'd rec listening to it a couple more times because thats when this thing really started to shine for me...esp Plum and Nothing Rips Through Me

hal1ax
May 8th 2016


15557 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Feast of love was just a way more compelling listen for me

hal1ax
May 8th 2016


15557 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya I'm gonna jam again for sure.

Conmaniac
May 8th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Feast of Love had catchier tracks I think but imo its too consistent compared to this. still a good album though I've just found myself preferring this over it

Conmaniac
May 8th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah love that song tbh. idk if it kills it but its a step up def

Tyler.
May 9th 2016


18380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Feast of love >>>>>

Conmaniac
May 9th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lets be real, feast of love wasn't that great

hal1ax
May 9th 2016


15557 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dark world >>>

Conmaniac
May 9th 2016


26412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I can get that tbh. the rawness of Dark World is fantastic and imo Feast of Love overstays its welcome a bit. I still like this better tho lol

Ebola
May 9th 2016


3987 Comments


Great review, pos. I think I'll check this out, sounds pretty good. Band name is great as well



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