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It seems almost like a trend today for artists to hide behind a wall of reverb and distortion they have carefully constructed, but The Pains of Being Pure at Heart has found another way. With a healthy dose of fuzz and an ear for tightly crafted, utterly blissful pop songs, this Brooklyn quartet hits the sweet spot by combining the best of The Manhattan Love Suicides and The Lucksmiths.

Though it is tempting to tag The Pains of Being Pure at Heart as dream pop, shoe gaze, or even twee, according to Kip Berman, they simply make pop music, "without hyphenation or any other strange and unnecessary caveats." Instead of allowing their vocals to be swallowed up under layers of effects, the male and female harmonies of Kip Berman and Peggy Wang-East ring out and become a real centerpiece of their music. Together, Berman and Wang-East sing about both saccharine-sweet topics like young love and some harder hitting topics like death, drugs, and heartache.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart may be brief—Berman recalls a few tracks getting accidentally erased during the recording process in his friend's basement—but at just 34 minutes, it begs to be put on repeat.

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