Sunday 21 January 2018

Music: Belong by The pains of being pure at heart ****


If you are a devotee of My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain and the NME's C86 -- the fabled shoe-gaze mix-tape that came out 25 years ago last week -- you're bound to love this Brooklyn-based outfit.

Belong is the quartet's second album, and it distils their dream-pop influences into one of 2011's more intoxicating listens with an opening salvo that's among the most effervescent 10 minutes of music you could wish for.

The title track, Heaven's Gonna Happen Now and Heart in Your Heartbreak could all have been released around the time Kevin Shields was discovering the joys of feedback, yet there's something vital and "now" about them. Even the most jaded music fan is likely to be resuscitated by the beautiful marriage of Kip Berman's voice and the guitar lines that sparkle underneath -- and if they're not, there's little that can be done to help them.

Some may be put off the twee nature of occasional lyrics -- this cynic found the line, "Even in dreams I could not betray you" difficult to stomach -- but I doubt such quibbles will matter when the band hit the festival circuit later in the year.

Burn it: Heaven's Gonna Happen Now; Heart in Your Heartbreak

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