Few experiences lend themselves to hit songs like heartbreak. And from the sounds of this tightly wound, garage-influenced power pop effort, Brontez Purnell, aka the Younger Lovers, must have undergone serious torment.
Purnell's emotions are often buried under upbeat, ice-cream-shop melodies, making the true, desperate meanings difficult to discern. He runs the gamut of post-breakup feelings without taking a breath. There are angry, stomping anthems like Say Yeah, and unrelenting slow jams like Ballad Of Two Stubborn Men. The lo-fi recording process benefits his overall aesthetic - songs like Hey Now, for example, maintain a raw edge.
The whole record wraps up in the time it might take to stalk an ex's Facebook profile (22 minutes), and garage fans who have developed an affinity for simplistic and unyielding three-chord melodies may consider Purnell's effort nothing to write home about. But for many, Sugar In My Pocket will serve as an excellent soundtrack for emotional catharsis, heartbreaking or otherwise.
Top track: Hey Now