PLEASURE LEFTISTS - The Gate LP
- Label: Feel It
- Catalog Number: FEELIT31
- Availability: In Stock
Cleveland's PLEASURE LEFTISTS return with "The Gate", a new ten
song album of cathartic, riveting post-punk excellence. The long-running
group, comprised of veteran players in the Clevo scene, have turned in
what is arguably their best recorded output - and the first since 2015's
"The Woods of Heaven". For "The Gate", PL ventured out to Portland, OR
in March 2019 to record on tape with Stan Wright (Arctic Flowers) - and
the results are massive. Those familiar with previous PL material will
immediately feel reacquainted with the group's masterful arrangements
and cool, confident execution - a style that draws from the early
British post-punk classics on labels like 4AD and Factory Records, but
retains an organic, original sound that few contemporary acts harness.
While "The Gate" undoubtedly benefits from the best studio sound of any
PL release to date, the musicianship is what makes this album feel like
an absolutely classic piece of work. The tones are perfect - almost as
though Greg Sage dialed them in for a Wipers record.
You'll immediately be taken by Haley Morris's vocal range and
projection, which shines across the entire album and is absolute next
level work. The sheer artistic quality of the songwriting is propelled
along in perfect rhythm, as the guitar and bass play off of each other
wonderfully, beginning the album with "In Dreams", which sets the tense
and urgent nature of the tracks that follow. "The Return" dials the pace
back slightly, allowing room for one of Morris's most memorable vocal
patterns. As "Phenomenon" emerges from cold drone to begin the second
half of the album, it quickly becomes apparent that PL have crafted a
master work here. "Dancing in the Dark" could be a lost Homostupids
track adapted to PL's sensibilities, followed along by the charging
title track, and the gripping closer, "The Sign". Pleasure Leftists
leave us with a phenomenal batch of tracks on "The Gate" - a gleaming,
timeless piece of work.
Standard black vinyl edition of 400. Shrinkwrapped with a printed inner sleeve, download code, and hype sticker.
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