Not all bands meet over salmon tacos but Pity Kiss did. Rob Kruy, Lucinda Kruy and Rey Guajardo had some ideas about starting an indie/electro pop band and got started in 2013. They recently released an impressive five-song EP entitled Ghost Season.
They consider themselves a hybrid of rock/pop/electro and after listening to Ghost Season I’d say their style veers more toward pop and rock. The electronics are subtle and minimal when compared to electronic/pop artists like Postal Service, Mum or even Lali Puna. They sound like a band playing in a room and if I had to place a bet I’d say they don’t need a Mac or ableton running when they play live. You might compare their use of electronic elements in the same way a band like Beach House does.
The EP is fluid and cohesive while still displaying a versatile band that has a numbers of strengths. They kick things off with “All the Winters” which revolves around guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and Lucinda Kruys’ vocals. Kruy has a dynamic voice that isn’t too dainty but also contains pleasant feminine qualities you hope to hear from a front woman. “All The Winters” is a solid song that mixes a bit of classic ‘70s prog rock with a ‘90s alternative flavor.
“April Snow” gets a bit more experimental but doesn’t go too crazy. It’s atmospheric and more of a ballad. The drums are a pivotal component to the intensity and the song reaches for epic heights towards the end.
“Haunted Heart” was a highlight and personal favorite. The band really nails it in terms of choosing a palatable palette of sounds. The electronic drums, ambient texture and guitar mix very well here and sound a bit like The Chromatics. I also thought it happened to be Lucinda Kruy’s best vocal performance. “Your Phantom” features some very cool cascading vocal harmonies that are backed by King Crimson-esque prog rock. They end with the fast-paced “Incision,” which is probably a crowd favorite when they play live.
Ghost Season isn’t perfect but contains some good music. “Your Phantom” and “Haunted Heart” were memorable songs that I will revisit in the not too distant future.
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