AOTY 2021

White Hot Moon

Pity Sex - White Hot Moon
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #713 / 947
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
April 29, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Run For Cover / Label
Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Emo / Genres
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They might be picking at low-hanging fruit, but by tapping into the aesthetic vocabularies of higher king loners like Dinosaur Jr., Pity Sex have created a document that's a better reminder of how timeless incompatibility is than a hard sell on a specific lifestyle.
American Songwriter
Cataloguing sadness should always sound so fun.
Consequence of Sound

White Hot Moon may occasionally sound like a band still figuring themselves out, but at least they’re letting their contradictions shine instead of hiding them under the lampshade.


It may fail to reach the heights that Feast of Love did, but it's no great drop off either and finishes building a strong foundation for the band. Now they can work on doing something even fewer shoegaze bands ever accomplished, making a good third album.

Pretty Much Amazing

It’s a better seasoned Feast of Love, yes. But when the wagon still has wheels, it’s hard to knock them for continuing to ride it. It’s still as smooth as it’s always been.

They decided to stick to their guns and make their second album, ‘White Hot Moon’, take the same traits as their 2013 debut. But what they lack in stylistic departures they gain in retaining comforting signature tricks.
For all of their renewed gumption, improved production, and flair with the pen, Pity Sex remain limited by their narrow emotional range and over-reliance on their influences.
Pity Sex may have taken few risks to make a breakthrough album and they’re hardly re-inventing the wheel, but ‘White Hot Moon’ is a solid effort and a worthy follow-up to debut ‘Feast Of Love’.
Pity Sex nestles comfortably between indie, Shoegaze, and post-hardcore. Something so beautiful in the contrasting back and forth between singers with that beautiful bass tone that envelopes the sound like marshmallows in a s'more.
Noisy, crunchy, melodic, sad and desperate. Shoegaze to the bone!

12 songs may bore you out like it did to me, but you'll like most of it anyway. The first part of the album is everything you want from a shoegaze band, the second half just seems a bit EMO, with some overused riffs and ugly melodies.
But I recommend it anyway. This seems like a band in evolution and if it happens that they record better albums in the future, this will probably be rememberd as how it all started.
Pity Sex's third album is also its tertiary album. It feels ultimately that the band has drowned in their sound and acts lifeless in doses.

Favorite tracks: Burden You, What Might Soothe You?, Pin a Star
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Track List

  1. A Satisfactory World For Reasonable People
  2. Burden You
  3. Bonhomie
  4. September
  5. What Might Soothe You?
  6. Plum
  7. Nothing Rips Through Me
  8. Orange and Red
  9. Dandelion
  10. White Hot Moon
  11. Pin a Star
  12. Wappen Beggars

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Added on: February 10, 2016