Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Music Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (***)

"The resurrection of the fledging Slumberland imprint has been one of the more pleasant surprises in recent years. In the late 80s/early 90s, there were very few places you could retreat to for better indie-pop. As an early roster of such cult acts as Velocity Girl, Boy Racer and 14 Iced Bears gave way to a noisier subset of bands like the Swirlies and Lorelei, interest in fey pop began to wane, forcing Slumberland to begin a hibernation period in mid-2001. The year is now 2009, and in case you didn’t get the memo, lo-fi indie-pop is back in a big way, with bands like Times New Viking, Vivian Girls and Wavves drawing influence from a wide range of classic indie labels, Slumberland chief among them. Whereas those aforementioned bands are more beholden to the noisier aspects of the genre, Slumberland’s newest signings, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, while still burying their hooks under a good deal of guitar effects, are first and foremost a pop band. And compared to the methodical post-punk of Crystal Stilts, Slumberland’s ‘08 buzz band of note, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are even more unique. As it is, their self-titled album is one of the better debuts you’ll likely come across this year." [Continue Reading]

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