No more C86 jangles from the NYC bunch as '80s synth-pop becomes their new go-to sound

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - 'Days Of Abandon'

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – ‘Days Of Abandon’

TPOBPAH have progressed from the fey C86 hyper-jangles of their first two records to glossy pop on this third album. It’s unfortunate that it happens to be the sort of sizzly ’80s teen flick synth-pop that the world and its weekend detention group has been making for years, to the point where you half expect Insane Clown Posse to cover Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’, but still. The Brooklyn four-piece attack this beached retro whale with melodies like explosive-tipped harpoons; ‘Until The Sun Explodes’ and ‘Eurydice’ are euphoric tunes as warm and blinding as solar storms and the lush harmonies of ‘Life After Life’ recall the late, great Kirsty MacColl at her grandest. Expansive, immersive indiepop; how these Pains have grown.

Mark Beaumont

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Record label:Fierce Panda
Release date:02 Jun, 2014