(Prince George Records)

Pleasure Curses are a synthpop/new wave duo comprising of two guys with three names each: Jahn Alexander Teetsov and Evan Maxwell Grice. They hail from Washington DC but make music that sounds like it’d fit best in a Miami nightclub sometime during the 80s. This casingle is part of a larger project they made outside in a studio outside of Chicago that includes two corresponding videos and a third song that isn’t on the tape.  

“Pure” centers on themes of feeling pure and togetherness with others. “Lust” is a much more sexual song that has some edge to it. Teetsov’s vocals are a perfect fit over the on point instrumentation. The two sides flow cohesively together. Fans of acts like Hot Chip and The Human League who haven’t already given these guys a chance should do themselves a favor and pick up a copy of the tape. Even those among us who don’t like those bands should still give it a try.  

Stream all 3 songs from the project including “Concrete” (not on tape):

-- Roy Blumenfeld