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Chastity Belt

I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

Hardly Art

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When we last heard from Chastity Belt, the band asked, "Is it cool to care?" The answer was the only response a group with songs like "Pussy Weed Beer" could deliver: "I don't care."

Answering the same question in 2017, Chastity Belt might direct you to the lyrics of the new record's abbreviated title track, "Used to Spend."

"I wanna have some self-control/I wanna be sincere," Julia Shapiro sings. Being Chastity Belt, this follows an opening line about talking trash and acting dumb. Shapiro's wry humor and deadpan delivery carry the introspective lyrics without undercutting them, but LP3 for the Seattle band does take a darker tone than the previous two. Whereas previous melodies would usually end somewhere in the back of the throat, a half-hearted triumph over young adulthood and faking it, the new songs resolve on quieter minor notes.

Not quite post-punk or dream-pop, Shapiro's and Lydia Lund's guitars form similarly complex shapes. There's an early moment in "Different Now," the record's lead track and first single, where the two guitars dance along an interlocking pattern, before joining together over a triumphant power chord. It hits the gut the same way Shapiro's talent for self-effaced doubt can resolve with a turn of phrase or side-eyed dismissal, often all at the same time. (

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