drums "Abysmal Thoughts" (double LP, £18.95)label: Anti-
With The Drums’ Abysmal Thoughts, band founder Jonny Pierce is making the exact album he’s always held in his heart. Of course, this is The Drums, so that heart is broken—but there’s beauty and even bliss in this kind of heartbreak, as well as that special kind of glorious delirium that comes from taking everything life can throw at you and still walking away triumphant. Here Pierce is back in full control of The Drums, not just writing all the songs himself but playing every instrument and bringing his exact personal vision to life. Not coincidentally, it’s some of the most revelatory work he’s ever done. If Abysmal Thoughts doesn’t sound at all abysmal—really, Pierce has rarely been this irresistibly pop—that’s because this is a story about how to figure out what happiness means once the worst has already happened: “If there’s one thing I can rely on it’s the healing power of being an artist,” he says. “I’m falling back in love with music.” “There’s no question that The Drums have mastered the synthpop game” – Consequence of Sound. Track Listing 1. Mirror 2. I'll Fight For Your Life 3. Blood Under My Belt 4. Heart Basel 5. Shoot The Sun Down 6. Head Of The Horse 7. Under The Ice 8. Are U Fucked 9. Your Tenderness 10. Rich Kids 11. If All We Share (Means Nothing) 12. Abysmal Thoughts. Side D – etching.
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