“A euphoric treat.” - NME (9/10)
“Makes our skin prickle with pleasure.” - Time Out
"Eleven strange but simple pleasures." - The Fly (4.5/5)
“It doesn’t half get under your skin.” - The Daily Telegraph (4/5)
"Most bands never manage a statement this forceful" - Pitchfork (8.4 BNM)
“The past, present and future of the label are all represented on this beautiful record.” - The Times (4/5)
This week marks the release of Shrines, the debut album by Canadian duo Purity Ring. Despite the band’s young age (Corin is 21, Megan 24) and short gestation (they formed in late 2010), they have delivered one of 2012's most assured albums.
The record's eleven tracks trace a unique aesthetic universe that is carefully crafted and fully realized, deftly walking the lines between trap-rap exhilaration and airy 90s R&B, lush dream pop and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of modern hip hop. Megan’s remarkable voice is at once ecstatic and ethereal, soaring joyfully through Corin’s carefully chopped beats, trembling synths, and skewed vocal samples. It's hardly surprising, then, that Shrines feels like anything but a first record.
For a further insight into their world, watch the video for latest single, 'Fineshrine', below. Directed by Young Replicant, it captures the band perfectly: ethereal and otherworldy, yet strangely, uniquely human.
Purity Ring will celebrate the release of Shrines with a launch party at Le Pouissin Rouge, New York tonight (24th July). The band also tour throughout the remainder of the year. All dates are listed at the foot of the page.
Buy Shrines - CD/coloured vinyl LP/download
24th - Le Poisson Rouge, New York
24th - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH $
25th - Mayday, Cincinatti, OH $
26th - Firebird, Saint Louis, MO $
27th - The Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence, KS $
29th - Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO $
30th - Santa Fe Sol Live, Santa Fe, NM $
31st - The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ $
1st - FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA
3rd - Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA $
5th - Neumos, Seattle, WA $
7th - The Biltmore, Vancouver, BC $
8th - The Royal, Nelson, BC $
9th - The Republik, Calgary, AB $
10th - The Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB $
12th - Amigos Cantina, Saskatoon, SK $
13th - Lo Pub, Winnipeg, MB $
17th - Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH $
19th - Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC $
20th - First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA $
20th - Scala, London - tickets
# with Dirty Projectors, % with Wye Oak, $ with both Evian Christ and Headaches