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EDITORS’ NOTES

Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman first played together as part of the retro-folk-flavored group Vetiver. With Pure Bathing Culture, Versprille’s decidedly feminine vocals take the spotlight while glittering guitar notes and crisp synths churn out rhythms wrapped in echoing bass drum and whooshing cymbals. The duo’s debut LP, Moon Tides, pulls off the neat trick of conjuring dark ‘60s pop, ‘80s ephemera like Cocteau Twins, and hazy contemporary indie pop like Blouse and Lower Dens, all in one fell swoop. The lead track, “Pendulum,” is, at first listen, a sweet and lulling thing that dissolves at the end like sugar on the tongue. On second listen, the tune’s hauntingly nostalgic pop tones take a deeper hold, and—like Moon Tides as a whole—becomes more layered and nuanced. “Dream the Dare” is even more potent, with an ABBA-esque melody stirring some unnamable longing with indecipherable lyrics. (But that won’t stop you from singing along.) This is a beautiful follow-up to Pure Bathing Culture's self-titled EP released earlier in 2013.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman first played together as part of the retro-folk-flavored group Vetiver. With Pure Bathing Culture, Versprille’s decidedly feminine vocals take the spotlight while glittering guitar notes and crisp synths churn out rhythms wrapped in echoing bass drum and whooshing cymbals. The duo’s debut LP, Moon Tides, pulls off the neat trick of conjuring dark ‘60s pop, ‘80s ephemera like Cocteau Twins, and hazy contemporary indie pop like Blouse and Lower Dens, all in one fell swoop. The lead track, “Pendulum,” is, at first listen, a sweet and lulling thing that dissolves at the end like sugar on the tongue. On second listen, the tune’s hauntingly nostalgic pop tones take a deeper hold, and—like Moon Tides as a whole—becomes more layered and nuanced. “Dream the Dare” is even more potent, with an ABBA-esque melody stirring some unnamable longing with indecipherable lyrics. (But that won’t stop you from singing along.) This is a beautiful follow-up to Pure Bathing Culture's self-titled EP released earlier in 2013.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

32 Ratings

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Giorgio Heinz,

Primera vez que escuche una canción de este álbum fue AMAZING.... Good job...! Take a deep breath and relax with this album..

About Pure Bathing Culture

The Portland duo Pure Bathing Culture play music that sounds like lo-fi and warped Cocteau Twins album tracks, filtered through late-night R&B and chillwave remixes of Fleetwood Mac. The duo of Sarah Versprille (vocals, keyboards) and Daniel Hindman (guitars, bass, and keys) first met at college in New Jersey in the late '90s, ended up dating a decade later, and joined the indie folk band Vetiver. They formed their own band almost by accident while fooling around with loops, then got serious, moved to Portland from Brooklyn, and released a self-titled four-song EP for Father-Daughter Records in 2012. Part of the reason for the move was to work with producer Richard Swift, and their first album, 2013's Moon Tides, was recorded over ten days at Swift's National Freedom studio and released by Partisan Records. For the touring that followed, the duo added bassist Zachary Tillman and drummer Brian Wright to the lineup. They were involved in the recording of the next album, too. Pray for Rain was produced by John Congleton, who worked with St. Vincent and Angel Olson, among others, and released by Partisan in late 2015. ~ Tim Sendra

  • ORIGIN
    Portland, OR
  • FORMED
    2011

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