Chastity Belt – Live Laugh Love (2024) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

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Chastity Belt – Live Laugh Love (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:15 minutes | 861 MB | Genre: Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Female Vocal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Suicide Squeeze Records

In their decade-plus together, the four-piece Julia Shapiro (guitar, vocals), Lydia Lund (guitar, vocals), Gretchen Grimm (drums, vocals), and Annie Truscott (bass, vocals)—have created a resonant body of work. Live Laugh Love is a natural continuation. Against the bizarre backdrop of the past few years, Chastity Belt remained a supportive space for the members to grow and experiment, drawing on the ingredients most essential to their process since the beginning: authenticity and levity. Recorded over three sessions in as many years (January 2020, November 2021 and 2022), the focus became more about enjoying their time together in the studio than making it feel like work. Their ease and familiarity with engineer Samur Khouja in LA, who also recorded their last album, made for a particularly enjoyable process. Once completed, they returned to renowned engineer Heba Kadry who mastered the album.

Live Laugh Love finds the members in their prime as musicians. Their parts trace intricate patterns over one another, but there’s room to breathe between the layers. Everyone contributes to the writing, sometimes switching instruments, and for the first time, all four members sing a song. It’s never been more apparent that they are creative siblings, cut from the same belt. “We’ve been playing music with each other for over a decade,” says Shapiro, “so it really does feel like we’re all fluent in the same language, and a lot of it just happens naturally.”Pacific Northwest indie rockers Chastity Belt have evolved quite a bit over the last decade. From the spiky, sort of jokey jangle-punk of early material like “Giant Vagina” and “Seattle Party” through the whispery, downcast languidness of 2019’s self-titled album, they’ve been a band that has found a way to be lush and dreamy while also maintaining the fiery weirdness that informed their origins. While they’ve never been a totally self-serious band—always willing to both have a little fun with their material (see: “Giant Vagina”) and poke a little fun at themselves—much of that humor has now melted away, despite Live Laugh Love’s quasi-ironic title and ludicrous album art. Instead, this is an album that indulges—nearly to the point of self-indulgence—in reflection and introspection. Recorded over three years, LLL starts off with “Hollow,” a gentle tune with a laid-back rhythm, languorous open chords, and lyrics like “There’s a lie/ That we all tell/ I don’t mind.” The band’s trademark harmonies also shine early on, but “Hollow” sets a tone for the album that shifts away from angular irony and deeply into the woozy twilight aura of their more recent work. “Chemtrails” is as moody as it is muscular, somehow combining ethereal vaporousness and chugging rhythms, while “Funny” is twangy and twee, but also is unable to shake a vibe that wobbles between resignation and dissociation. Most of Live Laugh Love sits right in this pocket, a bit of a midtempo miasma that’s evocative of a distracted sadness, but seldom bristling with any sort of drama. While this material easily incorporates gorgeous guitar work, intricate rhythms, and strong melodies—not to mention occasionally heart-wrenching lyrics—dynamics are notably lacking. As LLL winds down, that approach begins to feel as if it has been thoroughly explored, but somehow, the penultimate cut—the five-minute “title track” of “Laugh”—thankfully manages to add a little bombast to mix things up; while it’s still absolutely another slow-burning bit of melancholy, the rock-solid harmonies and almost-crunchy guitars provide enough textural contrast to make it stand out. – Jason Ferguson


1-1. Chastity Belt – Hollow (03:54)
1-2. Chastity Belt – Funny (03:13)
1-3. Chastity Belt – Clumsy (03:29)
1-4. Chastity Belt – It’s Cool (03:10)
1-5. Chastity Belt – Kool-Aid (02:51)
1-6. Chastity Belt – Chemtrails (03:58)
1-7. Chastity Belt – Blue (04:26)
1-8. Chastity Belt – Tethered (03:28)
1-9. Chastity Belt – I-90 Bridge (04:53)
1-10. Chastity Belt – Laugh (05:15)
1-11. Chastity Belt – Like That (03:33)

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