Angel, the third album from Austin's Pure X is a remarkably immaculate 38 minutes of music, so great in fact, that it's hard to believe it was recorded in just five days. In all its simplicity, Angel is a record that is hard to pinpoint, though the band rarely ventures off its dreamy, two-chord path. This is due to the fact that the melancholy nature of the music is so masterfully married with lyrics soaked in sincerity and bliss and delivered without a hint of cynicism by singer Nate Grace. What Pure X has done most successfully on Angel is hammer home a sentiment almost redundantly, to a point where listeners no longer question their conviction. "Heaven is a feeling" could well be the overall thesis and comes as a welcomed departure from the otherwise ironic, post-modern musings we are more often exposed to.
Listen to "Heaven" and try to catch Pure X at Austin Psych Fest (May 2nd - 4th)