Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - The Echo of Pleasure

None of us here can describe the pain that may be felt by the pure at heart because, well, none of us at When You Motor Away can speak with experience on the subject of purity.  But over the course of four albums, and continuing with the new The Echo Of Pleasure, Kip Berman's The Pains of Being Pure At Heart ("POBPAH") speaks eloquently on the subject, so we simply will refer everyone to POBPAH on the matter.

When POBPAH burst on the scene they were a breath of fresh air -- wistful yearning, tentative lust, jangle and the crash of melodic noise.  The template has been tweaked from time to time, most noticeably on the more stripped down previous LP Days of Abandon, but The Echo of Pleasure opens up again like a blossom in the spring sun.  The melodies are again bold, and the sound robust, providing a perfect foundation for Berman's songcraft and the performances of the frontman and his able colleagues.  The DNA of '80s British guitar pop resides in the skeleton of the songs, but the trappings reflect more recent Brooklyn indie pop and Berman's singular and consistent muse.  POBPAH fans can rejoice, because this is a good one.

For The Echo of Pleasure Berman is joined by co-vocalist Jen Goma, Jacob Danish Sloan and  Kelly Sloan.  The digital album is out now, and the physical album will be out on September 15.


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