Let me be honest: I forgot that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart even released an album in 2011. That means one of two things: I was too busy to give it a proper listen, or that it wasn’t particularly memorable when I did listen to it. Really, it’s probably some of both. It’s not that I don’t enjoy their brand shoegaze indie pop, but more that it doesn’t resonate with me over the course of 10 or 11 songs; it starts to blur together. It’s better when it’s available in single servings, which is where I find myself with the band Memphis.
Memphis, who are actually Canadian, play a twee indie that falls somewhere on the spectrum between The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin (although I am glad that they opted for a much shorter moniker). They have some of the scruffiness of the former and the vocals of the latter; it’s clear on “I Want The Lights On After Dark,” the first single from their debut album, Here Comes A City, which was released in March. It’s been on repeat since I singled it out from a television show I was watching.
If Memphis sounds vaguely familiar when you listen to them, it may be because the lead singer, Torquil Campbell, is best known for his work with Montreal band Stars. Here Comes A City is available now.
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Memphis // I Want The Lights On After Dark [mp3] from Here Comes A City