After sixty-five fortnights, Purity Ring have returned with their second album Another Eternity. The pair ventured home to the frozen industrial landscapes of their birthplace Edmonton, Alberta to document much of what was to become the album. For the first time, vocalist Megan James and producer Corin Roddick were able to create a record in the same room.
Purity Ringâs first album, 2012's Shrines, was recorded separately in Montreal and Halifax, where Corin and Megan were respectively living at the time. Despite being a thousand kilometers apart, Shrines was a cohesive, beguiling and wholly unique universe of what the band called âFuture Popâ. At the center of the amniotic swirl of Shrines was an undeniable nucleus of crystalline pop which presciently suggested both indie and popular music to come. They quickly amassed a rabid fanbase, toured relentlessly and sold out shows worldwide, earning âBest New Musicâ from Pitchfork and praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR, among others.
On Another Eternity, released the week of 2nd March 2015, Purity Ring trade the gorgeously claustrophobic atmospheres of Shrines for wide-open, muscular vistas of sound and luminous, up-front vocals. Crafting a lyrical universe of âsweat and dreamsâ populated by seacastles, rattling spines, and weeping drawers, Megan James wields concrete imagery and metaphor with increasingly direct, startling resonance. Corin Roddick's gifts for evocative melody remain intact, but his drum work and use of space have been completely reforged: immaculately built and focused in service of the song.
Though they are now working at a higher resolution, Purity Ring remain hands-on with every aspect of their project. As usual, the band produced and recorded Another Eternity entirely themselves. The pair worked to develop an innovative new live performance, and Megan designed the band's onstage and video fashion.
Canadian duo Purity Ring have announced an extensive North American and European tour in the wake of their forthcoming second album Another Eternity, released the week commencing 2nd March.
The forthcoming tour will be Megan James and Corin Roddick’s first live shows in Europe since their 18-month tour for album debut Shrines ended in early 2013, and includes a headline show at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on 30th April, alongside a full UK run. Stops in the US include a gig at Terminal 5, NYC on the 2nd of June, and a hometown show in Edmonton, AB on the 13th...
Canadian duo Megan James and Corin Roddick, the brains behind Purity Ring, will return with a second album, entitled Another Eternity, on March 2nd. They've also premiered new track 'begin again', which you can hear in the player below, or on the band's YouTube channel.
Whereas the band's debut album Shrines was composed remotely (Megan lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia while Corin was 500 miles away in Montreal), Another Eternity marks the first time Megan and Corin were able to create a record in the same room...