ALBUM REVIEW: Chastity Belt – Live Laugh Love | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 29.03.24

 

 

 

 

 

Slipping somewhere between Best Coast (lo-fi, pronounced bass sounds, authentic-beyond-comprehension-lyrics) and some of the light elements of stoner rock (psychedelic guitar lines, pitter-patter drum patterns) the new one from Chastity Belt is an enjoyable ride.

Standing out on the more down-tempo, almost trip-hop, tracks (Hollow, Funny) the joy of Live Laugh Love is its ability to combine cynical-yet-honest lyrics (“The older I get the more I realise that I might just always feel this way”) with DIIV like hypnotic guitar swirls and effects. A couple of misses (Blue elongates itself a little too much) balance out a few extraordinary highs (Laugh is a joy from start to finish) to produce an album that sparkles with ideas and pop hooks.     

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