The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Days of Abandon (2014)

Days of Abandon doesn’t leave the listener with the same vibe to ride out as the predecessor, but it bears its own unique birthmarks which do firmly established the album in its own right. Retaining their ambient, dream-pop ambiance,

Days of Abandon is introduced to us with Art Smock, a sad and wistful tune about regret. We then bounce straight in Simple and Sure, the first single, which boots the first track into memory. If anything, the album already introduces us to the mess and noise produced post-breakup. The love we have that we want to share, the vessel we want to empty and pour ourselves sin to, how we want to find ourselves after the mess of losing the loved one. But rather than gently taking us by the hand into that recovery stage, Days of Abandon drags us from song to song, forcing us to reluctantly face the

The album is sickly sweet. Sticky and icky, but most of the songs don’t leave the listener with the same impact as their sophomore Belong (2010), or even possess the strong forceful dance hits in their self-titled first release. Kelly is the most reminiscent track on the album, it draws strong comparisons to the beats in Belong. But the lack of openhearted lyrics and pop beats in Days of Abandon isn’t necessarily a fault. Rather, the calming down of their sound indicates a slow maturity. The vibe listeners get is the aftermath, the remains and the rebirth of a relationship with self.

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