Released on July 24th, 2012, Shrines is the debut album by Purity Ring, a Halifax/Montreal-based duo comprised of Corin Roddick and Megan James.
Purity Ring make lullabies for the club, drawing equally from 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.
Despite the band’s young age (Corin is 21, Megan 24) and short gestation (they formed in late 2010), Purity Ring have delivered one of 2012's most assured – and anticipated – debuts with Shrines. Indeed, Shrines feels like anything but a first record - its vocal hooks are inescapable, its lush production futuristic and sophisticated but also as pristine as anything on pop radio. 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 otherworldly rapture, pleasure-center pop and diaristic emotion, childlike dread and total self-possession. Purity Ring's is a universe that invites exploration and demands revisiting.
Having recently announced a return to Los Angeles to play two special shows with special guest and long-standing friend Jon Hopkins later this month (Henry Fonda Theatre on August 27 and 28), we're excited to announce that at each performance, the two artists will give away 175 copies of a very limited edition 12” vinyl single.
The record will contain the previously aired Jon Hopkins remix of Purity Ring’s song 'Amenamy' (taken from their debut album, Shrines, and streaming below) and a new version of Jon Hopkins’ 'Breathe This Air' that features Megan on vocals and was premiered last night by Huw Stephens standing in for Zane Lowe on his BBC Radio 1 show.
The 12”s will be distributed at the show on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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"Eleven strange but simple pleasures."
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“The past, present and future of the label are all represented on this beautiful record.”