Pure X’s new LP Angel was apparently “recorded for the ladies” and it would be hard to rebuttal on that. From a trio to a quartet, the band luckily returns with a new version of possibilities, not only bearing a different textuality, but also limiting their musical construction. Whereas Crawling Up the Stairs exposed more boyish, vulnerable and darker musical expression, Angel, as the title suggests, presents the acceptance of life’s highs and lows and embraces them unconditionally.
Recorded at an Austin’s dance hall cathedral, the LP inspires those who think an emotionally profound work is this of sadness and intensity. Minimal, mellow guitar melodies and falsetto vocals by Nate Grace at times remind of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Stu Mackenzie’s in Oddments. Angel discloses some kind of maturity coming from the realization that mellowness is still a manly trait. Inspired by friends the band met through skating, their shift in understanding and evolution was natural. Chimes, slow and prolonged synth keys deepen the overall simplicity of Angel’s musical construction.