The PAINS Of BEING PURE AT HEART – ” When I Dance With You “

Posted: July 15, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Sincerity plays a key role in powerful pop music — candor is the catalyst for connecting an artist with their listenership. For indie-pop purists The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart , that’s never been a problem. From the band’s dreamiest shoegaze influences to its most lucid lyricism, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart the brainchild of Kip Berman, has found strength in heart-on-your-sleeve songwriting. Now, as the band gets ready to release its fourth full-length LP, The Echo Of Pleasure, that vulnerability has shifted away from its roots in the complexity of youth. Instead, Pains’ idealism is grounded in real adult love, expressed in its most ordinary and fantastic way on the band’s latest single, “When I Dance With You.”

The song opens with sweet harmonies courtesy of Jen Goma from A Sunny Day In Glasgow similar to those in Pains‘ 2014 single “Simple & Sure,” “When I Dance With You” tackles head-on. Berman repeats the line, “When I dance with you / I feel OK, feel OK,” in the song’s chorus — a pure, unassuming reflection of true love. The line has a sort of somber quality when placed next to the mature (and overtly practical) concerns later on: “I don’t know how I’ll make money / Just want enough so you never have to worry.” Love in pop music is often painted in grandiose gestures and massive moments, when sometimes it feels truest in just feeling “OK.” “It doesn’t look like a lot on paper,” Berman says of the song, “but the sentiment is the underpinning of what love is.”


The Echo Of Pleasure is not available until September.1st via the band’s own Painbow Records.


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