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The Please Please Me

Hot ‘N Heavy Bedroom Pop

“Come out, come out on the edge…” those are the words that begin the newest release from Austin based band The Please Please Me. It’s an invitation to climb into the microcosm created by this up-and-coming electro pop act. Filled with a heady mixture of affliction and joy Volume 2 finds the group poised to step outside of the indie rock box, exploring corners and crevices rarely plumbed in today’s music scene.

Primarily the vision of lead singer and principal songwriter Jessie Torrisi, Volume 2 is the flipside follow up to last year’s Year of the Horse. “That record was about 2014, which was a year of doom for me. I got terrible insomnia, had a band I was in fall apart, and then ended a 6-year relationship. It was ‘year of the horse’ according to the Chinese calendar, a year is notorious for jerking you around. The songs were an attempt to be strong in the face of struggle, or find strength in places I didn’t know I had it and pull through.”

The songs on Volume 2 are from the same period. But there’s a power to this record not seen in last year’s effort. Volume 2 is more cathartic and defiant than heartbroken. Tunes like I Don’t Want To Talk About It and No Way This World feel radio ready with a power not recently heard on left of the dial stations. The songwriting is crisp and world worn, but not weary. Like a young Lou Reed dating a slightly older Lucinda Williams.

It’s not just Torrisi’s voice that invite the comparisons to those two gravel- voiced songwriters. The lyrics on Volume 2 and are sparse and poetic with more East Coast edge then Austin weird.

Like 2014’s Year Of The Horse, Volume 2 was tracked at The Bubble in Austin, TX and produced by Frenchie Smith. Recorded live with electronic elements blended in Smith was able to capture a specific moment in time for The Please Please Me. Pensive and otherworldly but brimming with confidence and promise. It’s one I think we’ll all be happy to visit again and again.

Volume 2 will be released on May 27, 2016.

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