The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Play It Again Sam
on the heels of their debut eponymous album, released in 2009, the brooklyn quartet have rightfully earned themselves a reputation as masters of the peerless pop song, crafting tender, melancholy gems which shimmered & sighed with the wistful promise of new love. for their 2nd album the band have recruited the services of what seems like 2 unlikely conspirators, in the form of producer flood & mixer alan moulder. having worked with the legendary likes of my bloody valentine, smashing pumpkins & pj harvey between them, they have opened up the band’s beautifully self-contained sound & made it vast & magnificent, banishing once & for all any associations to lo-fi & bringing it into heretofore unmapped widescreen dimensions. everything seems more vivid, lush & spacious now; the emotion heightened, more potent. ‘heart in your heartbreak’ is a case in point, with its handclaps, infectious chorus & late-breaking synth stabs, sounding like the very essence of bittersweet romance.