MC


REDEEM DOWNLOAD CODE

If you received a download code in a vinyl you purchased, you can redeem it for your download here.


LOGIN

Login with your existing account.

Forgot Password

CREATE ACCOUNT

Create an account to purchase items.

cover

Pill

Soft Hell

Mexican Summer

Soft Hell, PILL's second full-length album, 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. Steeped in Brooklyn DIY haunts such as Silent Barn and Palisades, Pill debuted in 2015 with an eponymous cassette on Dull Tools, the label run by friends Chris Pickering (Future Punx) and Andrew Savage (Parquet Courts), whose Fisher-Price toy guitars (named “Sheila 1” and “Sheila 2”) appear on early recordings. Next came a 7” for Mexican Summer, featuring songs commissioned for a friend’s art film (the music plays when the gates of hell open), and the acclaimed Convenience LP, also for Mexican Summer. The first time the four members of Pill got together in the same room, they exchanged sounds before words; JAFFE walked in playing saxophone, prompting CAMPOLO to respond on guitar. Soft Hell, like its predecessor Convenience, carries forward this 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.

Related Items

cover

Pill

The Dull Tools Tapes
Dull Tools
cover

Pill

Hot Glue
Mexican Summer
cover

Le Bon, Cate & Bradford Cox

Myths 004
Mexican Summer
cover

Ariel Pink

Loverboy
Mexican Summer
cover

Ariel Pink

Odditties Sodomies Vol. 2
Mexican Summer
cover

Ariel Pink

Underground
Mexican Summer
cover

Allah-las

Lahs
Mexican Summer
cover

Cantu-Ledesma, Jefre

Tracing Back The Radiance
Mexican Summer
cover

V/a

Self Discovery For Social Survival - The Original Soundtrack
Mexican Summer
cover

Le Bon, Cate

Reward
Mexican Summer
cover

Drugdealer

Raw Honey
Mexican Summer
cover

Pratt, Jessica

Quiet Signs
Mexican Summer