The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart are one of those artists that just seem to follow me around constantly as I age progressively worse. It’s true, I’m nowhere near as sexy as I was as a frisky 17 year old heartthrob. But, as I’ve matured from under-sexed teenager to wannabe tortured artist, Kip Berman’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have matured alongside me at a familiar rate.
Last month saw the release of the, then latest single, Anymore which was a return to what we all know and have grown to love about the band. Featuring heavily distorted guitar chimes with 80s inspired song structures and a light vocal delivery that trips of the tongue onto the late VHS sun-kissed June evenings that we associate with the band. However, their latest track “When I Dance With You” offers something slightly different.
Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely classic Pains. However, bringing a sonar-like sample and a greater electronic influence, Berman crafts the classic formula into something more discreet. Instead of assaulting us with a wall of teenage inspired pop, “When I Dance With You” sees a more mature outlook combined with the typical playfulness we’ve come to expect alongside the consistent romanticised lyrics. We are still on the Betamax colour tones, but instead it’s the slow burn romantic montage as opposed to the thumping opening credits. It makes me miss a girl a bit.
“When I Dance With You” is the second single from the upcomgin 4th album “The Echo of Pleasure,” due Sept. 1 on the band’s own Painbow label. The album can be pre-ordered here.