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 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #9 / 603
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Based on 297 ratings
2020 Ratings: #329
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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' Drew Daniels rebrands his solo work to meet the trying times, offering up an ambient techno classic for the ages under his Soft Pink Truth moniker.


While it's just as thought-provoking as the Soft Pink Truth's other albums, there's something magical in how the emotional dimensions and deep beauty of Shall We Go on Sinning So That Grace May Increase? reaffirm that positivity and creativity are the most powerful weapons against hate and darkness.


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.

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Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? is a wonderful record of majesty and enveloping textures that radiate a sense of collective positive energy.


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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.
This has been a great year for electronic music, I loved this album and was pretty surprised on how beautiful and meditative this was, check it out if you have time it’s really pretty
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?"
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Track List

  1. Shall
  2. We
  3. Go
  4. On
  5. Sinning
  6. So
  7. That
  8. Grace
  9. May Increase
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Added on: March 7, 2020