The Newest Noise for Your Listening Pleasure! | By Nicholas Senior
Exposure Therapy | Aug. 23 | Artoffact Records
RIYL: “Pretty in Pink.” “The Terminator.” Crying on the dancefloor.
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What if a goth band wrote a dance album? That’s the central conceit behind Exposure Therapy, a record that deftly walks the tightrope between human anguish and the desire to have a damn good time. That Wingtips somehow nail the mix of happy tunes and sad tomes is central to their success.
The album’s sound constantly morphs in service of the individual songs but stays consistently excellent. Sure, there are callbacks to The Cure, early Ministry, and ’80s movie soundtracks—think John Hughes meets John Carpenter—however, there’s a brightness and verve that make it clear the Chicago duo are having the time of their lives delving into their most challenging life experiences.
“For us, it’s more about finding different ways of musical expression,” vocalist and guitarist Vincent Segretario expands. “The more peculiar our sound is, the better, but we aim to remain universally translatable. I would say what really has shaped us is this idea of following whichever individual sounds resonate with you on a personal level.”