Memphis Industries – January 31st
Carrying on is hard to do. Physical and emotional trauma can leave us cynical and world-weary at best. The idea of totally shedding your skin and approaching life with unbridled optimism after the fact is a common lie passed about way too freely in pop culture. Which is why When We Stay Alive feels more truthful than that. At the heart of the album lies acceptance: examining the curious relationship of embracing pain over total resilience and sometimes surrendering the belief that you have control under the whims of natural chaos.
The contrasts between Channy Leaneagh’s ethereal hyper-pop vocals and sardonic lyrics steeped in cryptic metaphor are exquisite – an aural to-and-fro that seems to epitomise the whole process of realising one’s vulnerability. Definitely their finest, most fully realised album to date.
Photo by Zoe Prinds-Flash.