Listening to Pleasure, Austin trio Pure X’s debut album, is like entering a reverb-heavy dream world where you are eternally teetering on the edge of hazy consciousness. Pure X creates an ominous, hypnotizing world of sound, recorded live on this album with no overdubs. The sparingly used vocals act as another instrument with which band members Nate Grace, Jesse Jenkins and Austin Youngblood play, and a guitar line or a drumbeat is often the only discernible sound against a fog-filled backdrop.
“Dream Over” and “Easy” feature the most comprehensible lyrics, and the latter lifts the mood of the album as high as it ever goes. The lift isn’t too high, but the album isn’t meant to be a mood elevator. Instead, Pleasure gives you the smoke and confusion that is left when all extrinsic distractions are removed.