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Headbangers In Ecstasy

Puro Instinct

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Album Review

Puro Instinct takes the “pop” part of dream pop in sweetly unpredictable directions on their full-length debut Headbangers in Ecstasy. Though the opening track “Everybody’s Sick” is lavished with slippery, glossy chorus and reverb straight out of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, its twittering electronics and rippling guitar arpeggios are more tropical and playful than ethereal, evoking chirping birds and waves lapping the shore. “Vapor Girls” lives up to its name, with guitars and backing vocals that seem to hover and bend in a slight breeze.” Though these lush textures are a vital part of Puro Instinct's sound, they’re in service to songs that are as catchy as hit singles — it’s no coincidence the album is structured like a block of radio programming, complete with bumpers voiced by a silver-tongued DJ. “Stilyagi” floats, but its hooks are rock-solid; hints of soft rock and even Blue Öyster Cult crop up in “Luv Goon”'s breathy jangle; and “Slivers of You” ends with a proper rock finale. The band ventures into darker, post-punk-tinged territory on “Escape Forever,” which resembles a funhouse mirror version of Blondie's “Call Me” and “California Shakedown,” an ode to the Golden State’s shadowy side. However, Puro Instinct and Headbangers in Ecstasy are at their best when they’re happy. There’s an almost Valley Girl frothiness to their version of dream pop, as if the Cocteau Twins and Julee Cruise went on spring break together. So while “Lost at Sea” has a siren-like allure, the ladies of Puro Instinct sound like they’re calling sailors to come swim with dolphins instead of to watery deaths; meanwhile, “Silky Eyes” has a giddiness to it that recalls the Tom Tom Club or the B-52’s gentler moments. Even when the band’s influences come to the fore, Headbangers in Ecstasy remains a uniquely shimmering confection, tailor-made for driving down the 101.

Customer Reviews

Only On the Best Coast!!!

You gotta give it up for Cali...Only in California and L.A. specifically can two hipster white girls call their band Puro Instinct and one of their songs No Mames and have it work! These ladies are bad to the bone and yeah their music has been done before but they make it sound fresh and with a chill West Coast vibe to it. Check out Everybody's Sick, Stilyagi, and my fave Vapor Girls and tell me you're not hooked. If you dig "twee pop" "shoegaze" 50's and 60's girl groups or just music in general then you won't want to miss this record. Lates

I'm a Luv Goon for Puro Instinct

A truly great hypnagogic pop record. Favorite songs are Luv Goon, Stilyagi, and Lost at Sea.

Puro Bliss

This is one of the best albums of 2011. These girls are extremely talented and no to mention total babes! Blissful, chill, hazy, dream-pop at its best! Beautiful voices, I'd actually love to hear them brought forward a bit more in the production, but regardless this is an amazing album. Just picked it up on vinyl! Highly recommended!

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

In June 2010, having previously released the shimmering, dreamy Something About the Chaparrals EP and "Slivers of You" 7" under the name Pearl Harbor, Los Angeles-born sisters Piper and...
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