I have fond memories of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. I love how the band’s Discogs page updates what the rotating cast of members of the band are up to now. My two favorite post-TPOBPAH projects are Massage and The Natvral. Kip Berman released his second LP under The Natvral moniker this week. Summer Of No Light has nine songs and the majority of songs start with a confident strum of the guitar. It is a guitar pop record with americana and heartland rock tendencies. It’s a gutsy and rootsy affair, an album where Berman’s voice is high in the mix and oozing with heart and soul.
Dennis previously wrote about his fondness for The Natvral’s debut LP. I quite like that one, but ultimately it never truly clicked. Perhaps I was still comparing it to TPOBAH. With this second LP, The Natvral won me over completely.
Summer Of No Light is out now at Dirty Bingo Records.