Soft Hell [LP]

Soft Hell [LP]

Artist: Pill

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Format: Vinyl
Label: MEXICAN SUMMER
Genre: Rock/Pop
Rel. Date: 10/26/2018
UPC: 184923125115

DISC: 1

1. A.I.Y.M?
2. Dark Glass
3. Fruit
4. HAHA
5. Sin Compromiso
6. Soft Hell
7. Softer Side
8. Double Think
9. Midtown
10. Plastic
11. Power Abuser
12. OK

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Soft Hell, Pill’s second full-length album for Mexican Summer, is a raucous, splintering dispatch from New York City, animated by the madcap ingenuity of a foursome finding a palpable sense of joy and play in expressions of caustic, black humor. Like the contradiction of the album title, which references our acceptance of everyday miseries, it’s a slew of dichotomies, a frenzied cutup. It’s bleeding saxophone and lustrous feedback sounding somehow pastoral, and winking hooks subtly infused with venom.

The expansive, charred psychedelia of Pill’s early sound — textured by homemade, circuit-bent instruments and custom effects by guitarist Jon Campolo’s brother Nick — has morphed into something more compact and mischievous but no less evocative. It’s also the most hook-laden, melodic statement in the band’s catalog to date.

Soft Hell, like its Mexican Summer predecessor Convenience, carries forward a free-associative ensemble feel, with the players finding room for intuitive subtleties and melodic interplay even in the most skeletally spare compositions. They play post-punk, maybe no wave, mostly insofar as the terms are far-reaching creative passports.