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Chastity Belt is a four-piece girl band from Walla Walla (Washington). I Used To Spend Much Time Alone is their third album, released on indie lable Hardly Art in Seattle.

It is a serious album and many critics have written that lead singer Julia Shapiro and her band have grown up. Songs about not being ok and trying to deal with it.

You’ll find in time
All the answers that you seek
Have been sitting there just waiting to be seen
Take away your pride and take away your grief
And you’ll finally be right where you need to be

(Different Now)

I just fall on my face when I’m trying to have fun
Do you ever dream about what it’s like to give up
I’m not okay
I’m not okay
I want to complain

(Complain)

“Though it’s buffered with slices of relative optimism—opener “Different Now” lays out a few answers to what band wrestles with for the rest of the album—I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone curls into dark corners, exploring the depths of desperation and self-loathing that Chastity Belt only hinted at on their last two albums.”

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“Maybe it’s in tribute to depression’s cyclical nature that Alone’s opener also plays like it’s conclusion. Instead of sounding haggard and beleaguered, Shapiro sings from a place of calm on “Different Now.” It’s as if she’s figured out how to save herself from her worst moments and wrote the song as an instruction manual. “Take away your pride and take away your grief/And you’ll finally be right where you need to be,” she advises. But it’s only track one, the eye of the storm, and before long, the clouds roll right back in.”(Pitchfork)

Music can be therapy, hopefully. There are so many young people out there who are not ok. Chastity Belt has put their own darkness into words and music and they’ve done it with honesty and out comes a very impressive album. Hopefully, it can help others. Fot those who are lucky not to have seen the black dog, it might give an insight.

 

 

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