WL//WH Track Of The Day: PLEASURE POLICY “Heathens”

Track Of The Day Pleasure Policy

Dubbing his music ‘East Bay gloom’, PLEASURE POLICY, the one-man-band based in Oakland, showed up in the Summer of 2019, following last March’s debut EP, is fresh from releasing, in my opinion, one of his best songs so far, titled “Heathens”, that will be included in the forthcoming “Cemetery City” EP.

Pleasure Policy‘s dark hypnotic intensity bleeds moody goth-tinged sound into an array of angsty atmospheres laced in shameful regret, through an emotional eclectic blend of post-punk, and darkwave, with a dash of shoegaze and electronics.

“Heathens” kicks off with sharp punchy snare beats and bleak deep bassline that pulse effortlessly, neath the fidgety glint of elegiac lush piano chords, hurt by swirling ice-cold desolate slabs of synth, and darkly sparkling evocative guitar lines, dropping layers of gothy, reverberating gloom and despair to echo weak quivering, agonized male vocals writhe in guilt and shame, through an overwhelming exhumation of “a life of regret of what I have done.”