Posted on January 25th, 2019
American Pleasure Club 'fucking bliss' out March 29th, listen to "what kind of love?"

American Pleasure Club have announced their forthcoming album 'fucking bliss', which will be released on March 29th. Click the cover art above to pre-order the album, and click here to check out the Noisey premiere of "what kind of love?".

American Pleasure Club's second full-length LP, Fucking Bliss, has been sitting dormant for almost four years. Sam Ray wrote and recorded it all over a nine-day stretch in May 2015, in the midst of a "manic, terrified, paranoid burst of energy," but it was consumed by the release of Teen Suicide's cacophonous farewell, It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot. "We were a band again, after many years in the wilderness and void—and everyone involved was finally sober, even if the band itself was much more fractured & scattered than before," Ray writes in an email to Noisey. "The 26 songs [on Honeypot] reflected this—an album made by a collective, a lot of friends, instead of a core unit...

Fucking Bliss was, conversely, more finite and tormented, an album that Ray thought "might better bookend a life of failures & wasted potential, petty incidental rivalries, mistakes, regrets, and on-and-off struggles with drug addiction and intense mental health issues." It pushed into doom metal, warped pop, and ambient drones, with vocals that Ray describes as "manipulated, buried, obscured, affected, or horrifically mangled," burying all easy meaning beneath the mess and swirl of the mix. "The words are deeply obscured in the music, and their meaning, even when read, [are] frustratingly elliptical," he writes. It was a frantic attempt to capture a state of mind, rather than a shot at drawing a narrative arc. It was a record that, at the time, he thought might be his last. He compares it to the French writer Édouard Levé's final book, Suicide.

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