The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Days Of Abandon

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.

Comments (8)
  1. I want to live inside this song.

  2. Great song, looking forward to this album.

  3. World Party?!! Aw man…you just made me smile. Thanks, I needed that. And a happier slant on XTC?
    This is great.

  4. Wow this is great. I was really bummed out by Belong given how much I loved the first album. Didn’t expect much from this song, but I love it.

  5. Man, I certainly wasn’t expecting this, but I really like it. Maybe it’s just the female backing vox and the overall production, but it reminded me a bit of late-period Go Betweens as well as the aforementioned XTC and World Party.

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