March 27, 2011

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong

Brooklyn dream-poppers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will release the physical version of their excellent sophomore album Belong this coming Tuesday. However, if you head over to the band's site you can stream the entire album now. The record, which was produced by Flood and mixed by the legendary Alan Moulder, takes on the heaviness that one would expect from the guy who mixed Loveless and continues the band's blend of the Cure's dreamy 80s sound with early era Smashing Pumpkins alternative guitar drones. The album seems to be the logical step forward from the band's self-titled debut as they still supply powerful harmonies and choruses with the addition of noisier shoegaze guitar strokes. They played single "Heart in Your Heartbreak" on Letterman last week, which can be viewed above (via Pitchfork) , and the new album is available to stream below.

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