They are touring in support of Days of Abandon, the long-awaited third record from New York’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart finds the band focusing on what’s always set them apart from their peers — songwriting. After two critically-acclaimed records (The New York Times, Pitchfork, The Guardian, Rolling Stone,Spin) that demonstrated the group’s ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems, the band have shared a new vision of gilded pop idealism.
Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine). Abandon is a bright and refreshing about-face from the roar and clamor that defined the group’s last record, the Flood-and-Alan Moulder helmedBelong.
The record’s title – a nod toward Elena Ferrante’s celebrated 2002 novel — hints at both the freedom and the fear that comes with solitude. While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart has always been centered on Berman’s songwriting, the amicable departure of three bandmates since the release of Belong allowed for new opportunities for growth and collaborations. The soaring vocals of Jen Goma are featured prominently throughout and help deliver on the pop promise the band has long aspired to. Likewise, multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt’s (Beirut, David Byrne) horn arrangements bring a newfound sophistication. No longer content to simply be “loud” or “soft,” Abandon is a record that revels in nuance and grace.
The band will be supported at The Rainbow by Victories At Sea.
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Full July Tour 2015
16 Milton Keynes – Crauford Arms
17 Latitude Festival
19 Welcome to the Village (NL)
21 Cambridge – Portland Arms
22 Birmingham – The Rainbow
23 London – The Garage
24 Wickerman Festival
25 Indietracks Festival
26 Leeds – Brudenell Social Club