On September 9, 2022, the members of darkwave duo Summore were involved in a horrific car accident. The trauma and resolve to heal permeate every track of New Pain. The band’s sophomore release, the Columbus, OH act balances the fine line between ethereal navel gazing and club-lite dark pop. Backed by some excellent production, the album’s 15 tracks sometimes overstay their welcome, but have some absolute standouts. You can almost feel the air leaving the room during “Burn” as a light dance beat carries you through heady and off-putting synth womps. “Magic Pill” ups the BPM, vocalist Julie Rose lamenting, “I need a magic pill, something is wrong,” while anxious synth jabs set the exclamation point. “Dust” finishes off the album’s first half with a catchy chorus and pop sensibility. The duo’s other half, Justin Rose lends his vocal talent on “All the Time,” beautifully epitomizing the couple’s resilience and reliance on each other through shared trauma. By the time “New Pain” hits, one may feel a little fatigued, due in part to the sense that certain sounds become somewhat recycled with the long track list. Overall, New Pain is a testament to perseverance and the power of the human will, truly making art from tragedy. While the track list is long, I found myself returning to the album’s first act again and again.