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Kim Petras Completes Spooky Halloween-Themed Album, Turn Off the Light

Happy October, witches! What better way to kick off #spookyseason this year than with Kim Petras‘ new album entirely dedicated to Halloween? On October 1, pop-princess Petras released the complete 17-track long album TURN OFF THE LIGHT just in time for fans to starting tapping into the spirit of Halloween!

This project is actually a sequel to Petras’ 2018 Halloween mixtape TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1. The first volume of her work included eight tracks, opening with “Omen” and closing with the iconic outro “Boo Bitch!” However, her completed 2019 album features nine new tracks in addition to the songs from TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1. Just when we thought Petras couldn’t get any better, she continues giving back to her fans with timeless, spooky-pop bops perfectly fit to be played all October-long!

 

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TURN OFF THE LIGHT opens up with a suspenseful, dance-heavy intro “Purgatory.” Although there are no lyrics present in this track, the production of this piece is super fun and dynamic. Within the first minute of the song, Petras takes you through a journey from leaving earth to roaming a state of purgatory before being sent to “hell.” At the very beginning of the song, Petras’ distorted layered vocals can be heard far in the distance, as if she is falling. She is abruptly cut off by a catchy club beat that smoothly transitions into track No. 2, “There Will Be Blood.”

Petras breaks her silence in track No. 2 with a strong lyrical opening “There will be blood! // Run for your life.” Here, she plays off of the common fears of death and torture to build up suspense. Death is very prominent in this entire project as Petras toys with the ideas of the afterlife. She loves to explore the unknown and construct new images of what eternal life looks and feels like, romanticizing the idea of living in a hellish alternate reality.

Moving forward with the tracklist, “Bloody Valentine” stands as track No. 3, although it is not much of a show-stopper. This song plays with Petras’ altered vocals and repeats the same phrase over and over: “My bloody valentine.” It nearly acts as an interlude into “Wrong Turn,” which is a bit more scenic and detailed.

“Wrong Turn” takes listeners into another dangerous yet seductive scene, narrating a sacrifice performed by Petras herself. “Wrong Turn” embodies a very similar “man-eater” persona to “Tell Me It’s a Nightmare” (featured on the 2018 TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1 mixtape). This track precedes the spooky interlude that is “Demons.”

Although “demons” is brief, it adds a lot of character to the project. The track includes sharply cut vocals and clips of different children and adults describing demons, such as “They never existed in physical form, they only exist in spirit form.” This interlude is executed very well by leaving listeners on the edge of their seats!

 

 

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The last of the new tracks completing this remastered 2019 project include “Massacre,” “Knives,” “Death by Sex” and “Everybody Dies.” “Massacre” and “Knives” foreshadow another sacrifice that takes place in “Death By Sex.” “Knives” is a super unsettling yet intriguing play on ASMR since the interlude opens boldly with the sounds of knives scraping, which eventually turns into another dance club beat.

“Death By Sex” definitely stands out on the project because it is lyrically familiar, yet encompasses a new evil demeanor. This year, Petras has gotten way more comfortable with publicly singing about her sexuality, and she carries this theme into a song that is just as sexy as it is spooky.

She sings, “Give you the face, serve you the body (Body) // Skinniest waist, you’re gonna love it (Yeah) // You’ll be missin’ me in the afterlife // Tonight’s gonna be the night of your life // You’re never, never gonna make it out alive.”

Following “Death By Sex” is the full tracklist of TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1. However, Petras freshens up the project with a lovely, upbeat track to conclude the album, titled “Everybody Dies.” On a first impression basis, you’d think “Everybody Dies” would depict more horror-heavy themes; however, it’s actually quite upbeat.

This track is the only one of the album that features Petras’ pure, natural vocals. Free from distortion, Petras makes her optimistic message very clear. “Not everybody feels, but everybody cries // Not everybody lives, but everybody dies.” This song is a sweet reminder from Petras to us to live each day in the moment and enjoy your time right here, right now, in this dimension.

Overall, this gory-pop concept album is strong in the dynamic production, smooth transitions and greatly reflects Petras’ fun creative side that comes with being a pop artist. Petras makes you feel as if you’re entering a new scene in a haunted house with each song change. She embraces her artistic gift to flawlessly bring her fictional, horror fantasy-like stories to life.

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