I’m a sucker for jingly-jangly guitars and sweet sounding vocals: it’s the bread and butter of my record collection. , and are among my trusted canon of feel staples. And this is why the Pains of Being Pure at Heart has been echoing through my apartment lately. With layered background vocals of “oo’s” and “ahh’s,” trebly power chords and driving drum beats on the two and four, this quartet from Brooklyn, NY takes influence from these aforementioned bands so well, it’s like 1990 all over again (the pre-flannel days).
The band released its self-titled debut album earlier this month to much critical praise! However, I will go where most self-respecting music journalists would never go, and make another horrible analogy (remember my cookie one from yesterday?): this album is like buying a pseudo-vintage t-shirt from Urban Outfitters. Even though it's brand new, it looks and feels vintage, but that doesn't mean you will love it any less. And most likely, you'll wear it enough to get an authentic stain on it.
Here's their video for "Everything With You." It'll make you want to give your BFF a hug.
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