With the tags removed, there’s little reason to connect the weather-stripped rock of The Natvral with that of the jangle-pop persuasions of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. Underneath the soaring organ and chugging guitar riff that roils in the heart of the song finds more of a connection to the Jersey vignettes of Sringsteen than the heart-palpitations of newfound love among the C86 ranks and Sarah Records singles stack. Holding the tethers together is Kip Berman, the former POBPAH frontman having himself found suburban bliss and with it a tempered heart eased in the hours when everyone else has gone to bed — up late not because the night feels young but rather because the house finally feels still.
Those that took a listen to Kip’s dissection of Tom Petty still under the Pains’ moniker could see the swing in motion, and here the arc completes. Still not completely shed of his Creation habit though, there’s a good dose of the label’s later glory here — the ragged sighs of Oasis, the grandiosity of Hurricane #1. Outside of that stable, a bit of The Charlatan’s more sober moments sneaking in as well. The song opens up Tethers and helps usher in Kip’s next chapter, one that seems equally as earmarked with nods to his favorites while letting through his own natural charms. The new record, produced with Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Black Country New Road) is out April 2nd from Kanine.
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