Listen Up: Purity Ring – Shrines

Purity Ring are a duo that carry a lot of mystique. This extends beyond the hazy press shots and minimal press, it seems to permeate the ethereal soundscapes that shift through their debut album. Hailing from Montreal, Megan James and Corin Roddick have been slowly but surely gathering snatches of hype over the past 12 months, and now 4AD are releasing their debut album Shrines on 24th July. Shrines showcases James’ delicate vocals over Roddick’s crackling beats (compressed to within an inch of their lives) and epic sweeps of synth that combine to create a landscape of sound that floats along like several tonnes of sonic dry ice. But it’s not all enigmatic frostiness. Purity Ring have generated enough pop sensibility in tracks like ‘Fineshrine’ and ‘Belispeak’ to lift the music up to the level of fellow Canadians Austra (I’m sure this won’t be the first comparison between the two). Everything about Shrines seems to lend itself to fusion, even the song titles themselves are an experimental conflation of emotive words (‘Amenamy’, ‘Lofticries’). In short, Purity Ring are hard to pin down, but music that is, really turns out to be rewarding… and Shrines certainly is.

Watch the video for Fineshrine below and listen to Shrines in its entirety here.

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