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|30th May 2014
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| ** PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART RELEASE THIRD ALBUM ON FIERCE PANDA ON JUNE 2ND **
** PRE-ORDER NOW AND GET TWO TOP FRAZZLED GRATIS INDIE TUNES SENT YOUR WAY **
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The Band: THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
The Release: 'DAYS OF ABANDON'
The Formats: CD / VINYL / DOWNLOAD
The Label: fierce panda (catalogue number NONG 88)
The Release Date: JUNE 2ND 2014
The Truth: Brooklyn indiepop stalwarts THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART are poised to release their new album 'Days Of Abandon' - their third - on fierce panda on June 2nd. The album is available to pre-order on download, vinyl and compact disc and each pre-orderer will get two tracks, 'Simple And Sure' and 'Eurydice', sent their way immediately. 'Simple And Sure' was the sparkly lead-off single on April 7 which has a suitably perky video you can see *here*, while the maniacally melodic 'Eurydice' is the swift follow up which you can experience *here*
It all fits, too: ostensibly a creative vehicle for singing guitarist Kip Berman (and musical friends) The Pains have been crafting vital and heartfelt soundscapes since 2007 via a plethora of coloured vinyl 7" singles that have become the mainstays of indiediscos and young adult bedrooms the world over. 'Days Of Abandon' comes off the back of two critically acclaimed records - 2009's self-titled debut and the 2011 follow-up, 'Belong' - that demonstrated the group's ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems. Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Florence & The Machine) the result is the band’s most musically sophisticated work to date, channeling the gilded pop optimism of Aztec Camera, House of Love and Saint Etienne, while maintaining The Pains penchant for earworm melodies and emotional candor.
“Days of Abandon was a chance to push beyond Belong’s universal style of songwriting into something that was far more personal and true to my ideals,” says singer/songwriter Kip Berman. “I wanted the music to be joyful, lush and full of possibility, even if the subjects were often more painful to confront."
And joyful and full of possibility ‘Days Of Abandon’ very much is. Teasingly for an act which infamously lists its influences as “Life, Death and The Pastels” this third album is a veritable sugar rush of melodies and moodswings which moves The Pains ever further from the lo-fi indie underground and into the sonic light.
A firm advocate of the classic album format, Berman has whizzed up ten songs in 37 minutes for 'Days Of Abandon'. 'Simple And Sure' is a proud, ringing introduction to a record which rockets from Aztec Camera to Camera Obscura in the indiepop firmament without tripping over any awkward twee roots. Rather, 'Days Of Abandon' is a big, shiny musical creation which is as convincing as it is concise, and it is a VERY concise album.
We particularly like the insanely lush and lovely 'Masokissed', the beautifully constructed mini-epic that is 'Beautiful You' and the admirably kinetic 'Until The Sun Explodes', which is an impeccably moulded indiepopping shoegazing melodrama all signed, sealed and deflowered in two minutes and 26 seconds. Just like heaven indeed.
The album's stunning artwork features the work of up-and-coming South Korean artist Lee Jinju, The Material Of Mind.
PRE-ORDER Days Of Abandon HERE
The band tour the US from April 24th through to May 22nd with Ablebody and Fear Of Men. The latter will also be joining The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at these UK shows here...
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