Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?

The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #3 / 279
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Based on 166 ratings
2020 Ratings: #147
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May 1, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
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The Arts Desk

There are no conspicuous glitches here, no musique concrete clangs and parps, no tricksy irregular rhythms: everything is built around the steadiest of pulses, the richest of harmonies, the gentlest of synthesiser swooshes, the most thoughtfully rippled-out grand piano chords, the most communal of chants.

It is probably the most relaxing and calming record Daniel has made in his guise as The Soft Pink Truth; the sonic equivalent of poking a flower down the barrel of a gun.

Matmos member Drew Daniel has put together a gorgeous album that carries itself with the strength of a soft prayer, masterfully fusing jazz, deep house, and minimalism into an enormous, featherlight shield.


Using echoed piano, tempered disco beats, waves of synth and wordless, chopped-up vocals (courtesy of Angel Deradoorian and Jana Hunter), Daniel crafts a tapestry of tense sounds and sentiments.

Spectrum Culture

This is not a radical-sounding album, but it’s a radical shift for Daniel, the equivalent of the Residents putting away their eyeball masks and making something like Music for Airports.

I tend to be somewhat picky with my choice of ambient music; I usually gravitate toward the more experimental side of the genre, typically consisting of some Tim Hecker, and a dash of the early cluster. Other than that, I don't usually listen to some of the more straightforwardly relaxing material that Brian Eno invented or the dreamy, pillowy material of say, a Harold Budd. While I am not against that music, I don't find myself returning to it for several reasons. Mostly because of the more ... read more
At times meditative, at others gloriously technicolor - this music switches between house/microhouse rhythms, nu jazz flavours and passages close to minimalist post-classical.
Heyyyy good rec from Pitchfork. This is some pleasant, soothing house/jazz/electronic/ambient/whatever. Really tasteful record, nicely produced with a great flow from front to back. Could listen all day.
The answer is Romans 6:2: "By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?"
In Shall We Go On Sininng So That Grace May Increase? Daniel turns to ambient music and its classic, house-tinged classical orbit to reflect on his quest to find the intimax harmony, after the most monstrous conflagration for a certain American Democratic sector (better known as the defeat of Hillary Clinton). In other words, it is a production, necessary and attractive, for protectionist purposes, something like 'everything will be fine'.
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Added on: March 7, 2020