The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have always worn their hearts on their sleeves. After all, it’s right there in their name. But they’ve never been shy about flexing their brains either — recall “Young Adult Friction” from their self-titled debut, with its school kids getting it on in the library.

On TPOBPAH’s latest album, Echo of Pleasure, both their hearts and minds are going strong. However, such adolescent dalliances are well behind them.

For example, frontman Kip Berman tempers the bouncy bliss of “When I Dance With You” with a hint of depression in the first verse: [LISTEN]

In the next verse, Berman ponders that without which romance don’t make sense:

Although Berman has turned his pen to more adult concerns, the band’s sweet, sunny sound remains not just intact but stronger than ever. Their beats have never been suppler nor their guitar and synthesizer hooks more plentiful. On Echo of Pleasure, TPOBPAH sounds mature in the best sense of the word.

Indeed, the music’s so pleasurable that the lament of the title song’s chorus becomes oxymoronic: [LISTEN]

Berman doesn’t just rely on the music to liven things up, though. In the second verse of “Echo of Pleasure,” he delivers this parting shot to his now-departed romantic other:

Echo of Pleasure was reportedly inspired by Berman’s worries about his family (he and his wife recently had their first kid) and TPOBPAH’s future. Based on the evidence here, he and his bandmates will take whatever pains and pleasures await their pure hearts. Guest singer Jen Goma (from A Sunny Day in Glasgow) puts it nicely on the sparkly disco number “So True:” [LISTEN]