Kissing Is A Crime
Though they formed 5 years ago, this is the first LP from Brooklyn’s Kissing Is A Crime. But don’t think they spent that half decade twiddling their thumbs; on the contrary, the writing, refining and tweaking of this extremely varied album was worth the wait in spades. Describing the approach here is no easy task. While it’s certainly jangly and exploratory, at other times it’s direct and charged. While post-punk is certainly a big part of their formula, there’s also echoes of New Wave, fuzzed out alt-rock and lo-fi pop. The dual gender vocals are always interesting, and each song here radiates in its own light, drawing parallels to The Smiths in mood, The Cure in spirit and Pixies in timelessness.