The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, the Brooklyn masters of ’90s-style indie-pop, went a little bleary on their last album, 2011’s shoegaze/dream-pop-influenced Belong. But on their forthcoming third LP, the just-announced Days Of Abandon, they’ve gone a different direction. In a press release, frontman Kip Berman says, “I didn’t want to make Belonger. This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark.” First single “Simple And Sure.” Certainly fits the bill. It’s a sparkling endorphin rush of catchy-as-all-hell early-’90s college rock. If you’re old enough, it might recall the Lightning Seeds or World Party. It’s just an awesome song, and you can hear it below.
Days Of Abandon is out 4/22 on Yebo, and I am now even more excited to see the Pains at Stereogum’s SXSW Day Party next month.