No.8 Pure X - Crawling Up The Stairs (Merok)
You may, but more likely may not, remember that I made Pure X’s debut album “Pleasure” my stand out favourite from 2011 (you can view the whole countdown HERE). I was completely obsessed with that album and still am, really, but I naturally sceptical and willing to accept that it was just a snap shot in time from the band; a record which will never be topped by them; a delayed, reverbed and slanted album of dreamy fuzzzzz rock.
Of course, “Crawling Up The Stairs” isn’t as good as “Pleasure” but that’s not really saying very much. CUTS (heh) is a cleaner and more defined sounding record but you can tell it was made by Pure X, the focus has been twisted slightly and the figures are becoming to make themselves known.
Beyond the shroud of reverb, it seems, was a band writing almost “danceable” music. “I Fear What I Feel” could come on at the end of a disco (albeit a disco with no lights and more ket than X) and no one would bat an eyelid. “I Come From Nowhere” slides us right into a depressive concourse of lurching bass lines and head-nodding-drums.
"Pleasure" came around at a time when my life was in a state of flux and completely changing. I was moving cities, changing jobs, losing a girlfriend (i mean, she didn’t die. Nothing that serious, folks!) and making new friends and experiencing new adventures. "CUTS" came at a time when everything was static and, although i was happy when the record the came out, i wasn’t "satisfied." I’ll always associate the first album with change but i feel this record won’t be remembered as well as the first, but only due to my own personal circumstances.
Put it on late at night, get yrself a cup of boozy hot chocolate and maybe a special spliff and enter bliss. This is the final component.