The 89th Academy Awards
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, "Heart in Your Heartbreak"
Initially written off as another bunch of Britpop-biting New York hipsters, the members of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart prove they can ably ape even more genres with "Heart in Your Heartbreak." On the first single from forthcoming sophomore album "Belong," the band blends Beach Boys harmonies, guitars that would fit in nicely on a Wire album and firmly tongue-in-cheek emo lyrics like "she was the heart in your heartbreak." With production help from '90s icons Flood and Alan Moulder, the band has the confidence to pull off the odd mash-up of influences, and stepping out from behind its usual wall of fuzz is a move in the right direction. With songs like "Heart in Your Heartbreak," the Pains of Being Pure at Heart could make hyper-harmony the hot new trend of 2011.