The Pains of Being Pure At Heart "Simple And Sure" Green Vinyl 7"
Originally released: June 2014
Brooklyn Indie Pop stalwarts The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just announced their eagerly anticipated third LP entitled Days of Abandon after two critically-acclaimed records that demonstrated the group's ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems. Slumberland is proud to join the band in releasing the first official single from the record, the buoyant "Simple and Sure."
The album was recorded at new Greenpoint studio House Under Magic which is owned by longtime Pains cohort Danny Taylor (ZaZa). Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall at London's Engine Room (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 helmed Belong.
"I didn't want to make Belonger," Berman says. "This album was a chance to push beyond that album's universal style of songwriting into something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark." "Simple And Sure" delivers on that goal in fine fashion, an upbeat pop gem that features a great hook, vocal accents from Jen Goma and one of the great choruses that The Pains are so well-known for. On the b-side we find the dreamy, melancholic "Impossible," a lovely tune exclusive to this single. The album and single artwork prominently feature the work of celebrated South Korean artist Lee Jinju, from her 'The Material of Mind' series.
The band has announced a full national tour inviting out English band Fear Of Men, as well as Ablebody, to support the single and album.