The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart + Balthazar B. and the Beatitude + Mina May

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart + Balthazar B. and the Beatitude + Mina May
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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART

In a rock landscape filled with revisionist indie acts, like British Yo La Tengo channelers Yuck and ’70s-arena-rock recallers Free Energy, perhaps nobody polishes an old sound with the aplomb of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. On its eponymous 2009 debut full-length, the New York quintet summoned cloudy late-’80s cool in the form of jangly alt rock, on songs like “Young Adult Friction” and “Everything with You.” Last year's 'Belong', crawled forward toward sounds of a different era; producers Flood (U2, the Smashing Pumpkins) and Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine) help cement a crisp ’90s aesthetic both on paper and on Belong’s ten tracks. Expect La Maroquinerie to be filled with blissful, heartfelt lyrics, fuzzy guitars and anthemic choruses.