NEW TRACKS: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, “Eurydice”
If you’ve ever been driving on a summer night with the windows down and left looking for the perfect song, look no further. New York’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s new single has got you covered. The group’s newest track “Eurydice” comes from the forthcoming album Days of Abandon. It’s as dreamy and smooth as their previous releases but contains a soaring chorus that feels fresh and new. Lead singer Kip Berman and keyboardist Peggy Wang blend their voices seamlessly, and when backed by a floaty keyboard and guitar track, the song feels light and spirited. Whether you’re already a fan of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s music or have never heard of ‘em, wait no longer and make this your new warm weather track.
“You say I’m freakin’ you out / Well guess what honey, you’re freakin’ me out too / I’d rather let leeches treat me like a milkshake / Than spend another minute without you.” Those odd and unique lyrics – besides evoking fun and fancy-free There Will Be Blood memories – are what open up PT Walkley’s latest solo album Shoulders. Soulfully sung over jaunty keys and a tight horn section to boot, you just know you’re in for a good time. Shoulders plays like a day on the beach: smile-making, soul-lifting, introspective, and laid back. Walkley combines his love of should-be-illegal catchiness (honed from his jingle days) with breezy 70s soul funk – check the driving rocker “Sirens”, the “Kokomo”-esque “Rose-Coloured Glasses”, and the clickety-clack rockabilly of “No Time to Sweat”. This album starts on a high note (literally!!! sorry) and doesn’t let up, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for the reemergence of that large yellow sky ball that we all have a vague recollection of.