Song of the Day: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Higher Than The Stars

photo by Kyle Johnson

photo by Kyle Johnson

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription.This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs and and studio recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today‚Äôs selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is the title track to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart‘s latest EP, Higher Than The Stars, on Slumberland Records.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Higher Than The Stars (MP3)


With a sound that echoes out of a time a quarter century gone and a name that aches with the poignancy of its prompt, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are steadily doing their work of winning over anyone who ever put the JAMC on a mix tape or wrote a diary entry about a Cure song. Out since late September, the NYC quartet’s follow up to this year’s self titled debut is an EP titled Higher Than the Stars. The five track gem’s eponymous opening track channels everything you loved about the debut album with the strong growth in sound you’d expect from a group this tight.

“Higher Than the Stars” tells the familiar story of youth trapped in suburbia with the backup of a wall of sixteenth notes repeatedly hitting from the synthesizer. The vocals are like layers of velvet and the drums are massive as the synth keeps coming, evoking the modern synth pop sounds of M83 and Mew. With a non-stop, stripped down kick and snare beat, “Higher than the Stars” is the sort of song you’ll definitely want to put on a driving mix playlist or maybe even write a blog entry about.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just tore through Spain and France and played a sold out crowd in London on Saturday night. The rest of their UK tour goes from December 1st through the 8th and a Japan and Australia tour follow immediately afterward in February. For a complete list of tour dates and locations, be sure to hit up the band’s website or their MySpace page. Until the group schedules another US tour, those of us in this hemisphere can enjoy this performance of “Higher Than the Stars” from Musicfest NW back in September:

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