Boomkat Product Review:
Impeccable, hi-gloss '80s synth-pop revisionism from Pains Of Being Pure At Heart's Kurt Feldman. Sounding like the secret side-project of Paddy McAloon, Morton Harket and Thomas Dolby, 'Afar' dispenses nine flawless productions originally conceived while on tour and later rendered via glorious MIDI and an extensive collection of outmoded vintage synthesizers to sound like it was made in 25 years ago in a $5000-a-day studio. "“Afar” challenges conventional perceptions of 80s technopop, highlighting its musically progressive and literate roots and re-imagining them to create a startlingly original sound. This makes for an unconventionally diverse album that dips into the palettes of Italo-disco, avant-garde pop, classical music and even smooth R&B while somehow remaining completely, utterly, coherent. Feldman jokes that he originally tried to make something that sounded “equal parts Flyte Tyme, flight school (via SNES Pilotwings) and luck dragon in flight." Notwithstanding the meticulous detail to composition and arrangement throughout “Afar”, perhaps it is the substance and quality of lyrics, and their centrality to its appreciation, which will distinguish it most from its contemporaries. This is writ large in Feldman’s nod to John Keats’ Fancy on the album closer “Everything Is Spoilt By Use” (a glittering, tinsel-clad ballad that features a sublime cameo from Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek). “Afar” is 35 minutes of the most considered pop music out there; a compelling ode to lust, distance and alienation …" Highly recommended!