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Pillow Talk

This Is All Pretend

Animal Style Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

It’s been two years since Pillow Talk‘s last release, their new album is one that has been shaped by singer Joshua Cannon‘s personal experiences, including family bereavement and the toll this took on him over the last few years, but he has channelled these negative events into the creation of This Is All Pretend, a release that follows on from their 2015 EP, What We Should Have Said. Pillow Talk released their debut album via Animal Style Records on the 10th March 2017, and it is available on vinyl, on gold and red and white swirl variants, and digital formats.

Monogamy eases you into This Is All Pretend with ethereal tones, echo drenched guitars and synths that are stretched across a strident drum beat that belies the mellow feel of the opening track, This is All Pretend comes across as the kind of late night mellow soundscape you need in your life from time to time. It’s a release that washes over you with waves of treble and echo, there is no upbeat track to lift the album, it remains in a firmly mellow state across it’s ten tracks and thirty five minute run time, whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing it meant that I found that the tracks tended to blend into each other, not in an unpleasant way, but there is no moment that makes you sit up and take notice.

I can’t help feel that this release owes a hefty debt to the mellower side of the post punk bands of the eighties such as The Cure and The Chameleons, but under their placid exterior there is fire that is fuelled by injustice, they released the track Little Worries ahead of the album’s release to support organisations that are working to combat the current US administrations policies. This Is All Pretend is a natural progression from Pillow Talk‘s previous releases, their name is well chosen as this is an album that’s perfect for the late night’s that merge into early mornings, although on a personal note the use of auto tune, even though it’s used for effect rather than to hide deficiencies, did detract from the album and was a jarring element that I never like to hear used.

Pillow Talk‘s website is here and their Facebook page is here

You can purchase This Is All Pretend here

Pillow Talk Release ‘Little Worries’ In Aid Of Trans Lifeline

Pillow Talk Tour April 17Memphis, TN’s Pillow Talk are premiering a new song titled Little Worries via their Bandcamp, the track is available as a pay what you want download with all proceeds to be donated to Trans Lifeline through to March 7th. Pillow Talk‘s upcoming LP, This Is All Pretend, was produced by Matt Talbot of Hum, and will be released on March 10 via Animal Style Records.

You can download Little Worries, and pre-order the This Is All Pretend LP, here

You can view the video for Pillow Talk, and the bands tour dates with Superbody, below Read More…

Pillow Talk – Sorry In My Mind

Pillow Talk TIAPMemphis lo-fi rockers Pillow Talk are streaming a new track off their upcoming Animal Style Records debut full-length, This Is All Pretend, that follows up on their well received 2015 EP, What We Should Have Said. The new album will be released on March 10th 2017 and was produced by Matt Talbot from the acclaimed band Hum.

You can pre-order the vinyl of This Is All Pretend here

Listen to the new song, “Sorry In My Mind,” here courtesy CLYRVYNT.

Pillow Talk Stream ‘Sorry In My Mind’ From Forthcoming LP

Pillow Talk TIAPMemphis, TN’s Pillow Talk are streaming a new song titled Sorry In My Mind, the track appears on their upcoming LP, This Is All Pretend, which was produced by Matt Talbot of Hum, and will be released on March 10 via Animal Style Records.

You can stream Sorry In My Mind via CLRVYNT here

You can pre-order This Is All Pretend on vinyl here

Pillow Talk Release Video For ‘Ferris And Effie’

Pillow Talk TIAPMemphis lo-fi rockers Pillow Talk have released a video for Ferris And Effie, a track off their upcoming Animal Style Records debut full-length, This Is All Pretend, that follows up on their well received 2015 EP, What We Should Have Said. The new album will be released on March 10th 2017 and was produced by Matt Talbot from the acclaimed band Hum.

You can pre-order the vinyl of This Is All Pretend here

The video for Ferris And Effie can be viewed below Read More…

Pillow Talk Wraps Up Recording For New LP

Pillow TalkMemphis, TN’s Pillow Talk has just wrapped up recording for their debut LP.  the album will follow their 2015 EP, What We Should Have Said, and is expected in early 2017 via Animal Style Records.  

A demo track from the band can be heard here.

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

What We Should Have Said

Animal Style Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Melding shoegaze with any number of loose alternative genres and sounds seems to be a growing theme these days.  Over the past six months alone, a diverse roster of bands including Kittyhawk, Restorations, and Title Fight have all blended familiar forms of indie-pop and punk with the formerly narrow-scoped genre.  Yet another rock-solid instance opens for discussion with the advent of Memphis, TN’s Pillow Talk.  Their second EP, What We Should Have Said, offers up yet another promisingly original example of this steadily expanding trend.

Opening with “Bend’s” shimmering dose of guitar reverb and hazy distortion, Pillow Talk takes to the stage with a cloudy, nearly two-minute instrumental intro that subtly builds their foundation.  “Make You Real” tunes up the fuzz filled indie-pop as Josh Cannon’s crisp, crackling vocals eloquently enter the spotlight.  The song slowly swells and softly bleeds into neighbouring track “Heaven Sent,” morphing into the cautiously unfolding chorus.  Just because Pillow Talk plays with echoes and soundwaves, doesn’t mean they can’t turn out a catchy tune.

Balance & Composure and Seahaven references abound, although the central meandering push of ambient guitars work mostly towards setting a blanketed dreamscape more than anything overtly memorable.  The band leaves that job for “Room’s” simple, lasting and glistening hooks.  But therein lies the quintet’s biggest challenge, What We Should Have Said struggles at reconciling those strong, lucid connections with a broader, systemic artistic vision.  In other words, as exemplified in the six-minute crawler “Escape Me,” the band perhaps tends to spend more time than necessary in a repetitive, low energy daze, teasing listeners with intermittent memorable highlights.  It’s a matter of preference, but will definitely shape what listeners walk away with.

As far as shoegaze infused pop-punk hybrids go, Pillow Talk’s latest EP ranks well amongst the competition.  What We Should Have Said isn’t without room for growth, but as far as a second efforts go, Pillow Talk stands well poised for future successes.

Tours: Pillow Talk / Sinai Vessel

Pillow TalkMemphis, TN’s Pillow Talk has announced plans for a Summer tour with Sinai Vessel.  Pillow Talk continues to support their recent EP, What We Should Have Said, available now via Animal Style Records.  Sinai Vessel will be supporting their Profanity EP with plans to release a brand new LP on Tiny Engines Records later this year which will be recorded with Chris Crisci (Appleseed Cast)

Full tour dates can be found below.

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Pillow Talk Streams New EP

Pillow TalkMemphis, TN’s Pillow Talk has premiered a full album stream.  The EP is titled What We Should Have Said and is due out March 3, 2015 via Animal Style Records.  

The 12″ EP is now available for Pre-Order.  Listen to the full disc here.

Pillow Talk – Heaven Sent

Pillow TalkMemphis, TN’s Pillow Talk has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Heaven Sent” and appears from their upcoming EP, What We Should Have Said, which is due out March 3, 2015 via Animal Style Records.  

The 12″ EP is now available for Pre-Order.  Listen to the song here.

Pillow Talk – Room

Pillow TalkMemphis, TN’s Pillow Talk has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Room” and appears from their upcoming EP, What We Should Have Said, which is due out March 3, 2015 via Animal Style Records.  

The 12″ EP is now available for Pre-Order.  Listen to the song here.

Pillow Talk Date And Detail New EP

Pillow TalkMemphis, TN’s Pillow Talk has announced plans to release a brand new album this Spring.  The bands new EP will be titled What We Should Have Said and is due out March 3, 2015 via Animal Style Records.  The new EP will follow up the band’s 2014 EP, Recreational Feelings.

The band is streaming a demo of a new song, “Make You Real,” which can be heard here.  Track listing is below.

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Pillow Talk Join Animal Style Records; Stream Demo

Pillow TalkMemphis, TN’s Pillow Talk has signed on with Animal Style Records. The band recently wrapped up recording on a new EP for their Animal Style debut, which is scheduled to drop in early Spring 2015.  The new EP will follow up the band’s 2014 EP, Recreational Feelings.

To make the event, the band is streaming a demo of a new song, “Make You Real,” which can be heard here.