I feel enough has been seen of my breezy enthusiasm around here recently. What this Green Window needs is some grey clouds, and it’s coming in the form of new single/2nd album disappointment, courtesy of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Smith Westerns. Both bands are young, impetuous and optimistic in their outlook but have simply overdone it on their newest tracks, ‘Heart In Your Heartbreak’ and ‘Weekend’ respectively.
‘Heart In Your Heartbreak’ begins like a Magic Numbers song, becomes something recognisably similar to their original tracks, then descends into almost power-pop territory before fading into synthy nothingness. ‘Weekend’ on the other hand dispenses with almost everything that made this group of ridiculously prodigious fuzz-merchants interesting in the first place. A whimsical little indie number it might be, but the shambling, barely audible charm of their self-titled debut seems to have been lost in the transition. Both tracks suffer from a desire to be discernibly poppy, but both forget that what made them originally popular was not the traditionally poppy route, but how they wove that into a more interesting framework. Take a comparative listen and see if I’m right (I am).
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Heart In Your Heartbreak (YSI)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – This Love Is Fucking Right (YSI)
Smith Westerns – Weekend (YSI)
Smith Westerns – Boys Are Fine (YSI)