It comes off the back of two critically-acclaimed records – 2009’s self-titled debut and its 2011 follow-up, Belong – that demonstrated the group’s ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems.
The album was recorded at new Greenpoint studio House Under Magic which is owned by longtime Pains cohort Danny Taylor (ZaZa). Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall at London’s Engine Room (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine), Abandon departs from the exaggerated roar and clamor that defined the Flood-and-Alan Moulder helmed Belong.
“I didn’t want to make Belonger,” Berman says. “This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark.”