Record Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
New York City, NY

“Defying gravity with each amplified note”

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart consist are a four piece band set on reviving the New York indie scene.  With lead singer Peggy Wang’s airy vocals, they create an infectious pop commodity.  “Belong,” the truthful title track, along with “Heart in Your Heartbreak” shows the adaptability and capabilities of the band within the confines of the record.

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Belong’s strengths are rooted in the quality of the sound and songwriting inherent to the album.  Track by track, the band transforms as musicians as each member freely demonstrates distinct and original melodies.  This record takes a hold of the chance of exploring what a musician means – believing in the material whole-heartedly while it tries to grab at a listener’s core, letting every vibration run from the inside, out.

While not being too ambitious, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart balance out their whimsical notes through solidifying and embracing the controlled noise of their drummer, Kurt Feldman.  This combination results in a record full of beauty and wonder.  (Slumberland)

Produced and recorded by Flood in New York and London // Engineered by James Brown at Stratosphere Studios, NYC // Engineered by Darren Lawson at Assault & Battery Studios, London // Mixed by Alan Moulder // Mastered by Emily Lazar and Joe Laporta at The Lodge, NYC

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