The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than The Stars EP (Fortuna Pop) 09/11/2009

November 10, 2009 by  

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been making a nostalgic indie-fuzz wave in the UK over the last year with their self-titled début album. Still considered underground by most, those in the supposed know have have found their retrospective take on indie a refreshing balm to the contrived synth-pop that has dominated the charts over the last twelve months.

Their new EP Higher Then The Stars is a welcome appendage to their first year’s output. Still meddling with the fuzzy-pop high points of My Bloody Valentine, the twee home-made atheistic of The Vaselines – think ‘Son of a Gun’- and delving straight into the Field Mice’s back catalogue, the EP is an effervescent collection of lo-fi pop tunes adorned with Kip and Peggy’s angelic dead-pan boy/girl harmonies.

Title track, Higher Than The Stars, finds the band venturing into The Cure territory, but not in the way most ideas stricken bands would. Higher Than The Stars, looks past the melancholic synth heavy approach most take (ahem, Editors) and instead extracts the jangly guitar goodness and the soaring synthesisers to produce yet more laidback indie-pop.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are definitely ones to keep an eye on and on the strength of this EP they are clearly just getting started.

[rating:4]

By Chris Cummins


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