Oh sweet delicious indie pop…how I love thee. Your simple jangly guitars, your seductive melodies, your simplistic beauty. It truly is grand. Perhaps no other band so gleefully captures the simple pleasures of the genre than The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. They so beautifully symbolize the ideal indie pop band and their latest album Days Of Abandon is the very idea of a perfect album.
Winsome, jangly, slightly twee and sugary sweet, Days Of Abandon is a joyous affair. With a bit of Smithsian humor and melancholy and a ton of Sarah Records-esque shimmery pop steering the way each of the ten songs here are simply gorgeous. A bit dream poppy at times and completely jangly at others, Days Of Abandon would so easily fit into the late 80’s, early 90’s era of British pop its almost hard to believe it wasn't released then. It’s so convincingly done that it could very well have been released by Cherry Red, Vinyl Japan or even Sarah and no one would ever know. The Pains are so authentically awesome that you’ll be reaching for your anorak, Doc Martins, and Oscar Wilde novels with enthusiasm. This is the sound of a summer spent running through fields of heather, getting lost in the country, and sunshiny days spent on trains. Days Of Abandon is worth getting lost in repeatedly.
Boy/girl harmonies, chiming guitars, shimmery songs, a joyous nature and saccharine sweet choruses all combine to make Days Of Abandon one of the best records of 2014. It’s uncomplicated pop, dreamy atmospheres, and ridiculously catchy songs are worth spending Days Of Abandon in. Beyond highly recommended.