last july, i first introduced new york band the pains of being pure at heart and i still remember my excitement at listening to their “everything with you” single, which i eventually included in my best songs of the year list. today, their self titled debut album is finally out, and i’m pleased to announce it has lived up fully to the hype surrounding its release. the album kicks off with “contender”, on an immediate note that seems to suggest you’re entering into this record mid-way. this is perhaps in acknowledgment of its derivative sound, which sits comfortably amidst the hazy jangles of indiepop forebears like the jamc. however, the emphasis of this record isn’t originality or novelty; instead, its strength lies in the actualization of the band’s name (which the band tellingly refuses to abbreviate) into a musical ethos that further propels the movement of indiepop today. with the pains of being pure at heart, the band aims for the stars, but also recognizes the obstacles that come in the way, in doing so providing one of the most compelling reasons yet on why pop and noise should go together.
the pains of being at heart is out today on slumberland records. get your copy now!