Kim Petras “Turns off the Lights” in new album

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On the first of this month Kim Petras released the full version of her Halloween themed album. She originally released Turn off the Light Vol. 1  last October and planned to release the second volume this year but at the last moment decided to drop what she called “the full story” on twitter which entailed a full 17 song album including the eight songs from volume one.

 Some of my favorite new songs added to the full album include There Will Be Blood, Wrong Turn, Death by Sex and Everybody Dies which all feature the classic minor suspended chords and ominous synth that make your the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

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Otherwise the album is full of harsh electronic music which, even though I don’t normally associate with the horror genre, fits in well in songs like There Will Be Blood and <demons>. It’s also brimming with mentions of movies from the early 2000’s.

The entire album flows from song to song, if you have gapless playback on you’ll have a difficult time hearing the transition between most songs which is one of my favorite tricks for an artist to play on their albums.

Starting with an instrumental intro, Purgatory starts with the classic acoustic minor chords that scream spooky and slowly transitions into electronic music, flowing seamlessly into the first vocal song of the album.

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There Will Be Blood is one of my favorites. The second track of the album gets its namesake from the Oscar winning 2007 movie of the same name. It embraces the same electric feel from the intro which is steady over the rest of the album.

The fourth song in the album Wrong Turn is named after a horror movie series from 2003. The first fifteen or so seconds of the song incorporates the sound of a car starting, driving off and promptly crashing with an explosion. A lyric in the song also mentions Final Destination from 2000.

Knives, while not one of my favorites, is worth mentioning because it’s two minutes and 20 seconds of knife sharpening along with an electronic beat.

 Turn Off the Light, the 12th song in the album, features a voice over from the iconic Cassandra Peterson. Peterson is best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Her feature solidifies this album as a true terror-Halloween album.

I’ve been playing this album pretty much non-stop since its debut and it’s preparing me for my favorite season of the year. Now if only the weather here would shift along with it.