Album Review: American Pleasure Club – a whole fucking lifetime of this

Posted by

Release Date: 16th of February, 2018

Bandcamp | Spotify | YouTube

TL;DR: A highly emotional record with some incredible imagery and description. Relatable and experimental while remaining entirely coherent and purposeful.


a whole fucking lifetime of this‘ is the latest album from American rock band American Pleasure Club. This record is their first full-length release under the new name, after renaming from Teen Suicide in 2017 (you can read Sam Ray’s essay here in regards to the name change), which follows the late-2017 release ‘i blew on a dandelion and the whole world disappeared‘.

Lo-fi and full of different styles and expressions, ‘a whole fucking lifetime of this‘ is an extremely coherent and engaging project. Tracks such as this is heaven & i’d die for it and the first single, new years eve, are post-emo/pop-punk influenced and packed with vidid imagery. The instruments are very fuzzed and distorted providing a nice platform for gorgeous vocal layerings.

all the lonely nights in your life is an inviting ballad addressing the possible anxieties in revealing your feelings. There is great phrasing in the lyrics that very simply projects a large amount of time covered within this story: a second or two, a month or two, a year or two.

Towards the middle of the project we get stripped back hip-hop-esque tracks sycamore and lets move to the desert; allowing for a nice calm, soulful expression amongst some of the more emotional songs of the record. The sparse, ghostly synths, and gentle vocal effects are engaging, pretty and relaxing.

A much faster beat overpowers the vocals on just a mistake, which feels like an accurate representation of the feelings being expressed within the lyrics. Heading towards the end of the record, this track was a nice contrast to the music styles of the ones around it.

The project is tied together by an overwhelming affection displayed in a vast number of ways within the lyrics. This fact really solidifies how tight this collection of songs really is, in despite of how contrasting and experimental some of the musical styles are.

Final Verdict

I really want to highlight, once again, how incredibly vivid and stimulating the descriptions and imagery are within these songs. The emotions and scenarios feel lifelike and self-reflective on a personal level – not just within Sam Ray’s world. Storytelling is a big strong point within ‘a whole fucking lifetime of this‘, which is complimented nicely by the different musical experimentations throughout the tracklist.


starstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstar copystar copy

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s