11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada's Purity Ring—i.e., singer Megan James and producer/instrumentalist Corin Roddick—pulls off something rather remarkable on its 2012 debut album. The duo takes chilly synths, arctic beats, and space-age vocals and warms them up. The music's mechanical edge is smoothed with melodies that recall the soothing nostalgia of long-passed love and pop songs. Roddick doesn't make it easy. As with vintage Daft Punk, his textures constantly shift—creating the sense that James is jumping from one quicksand patch to another. To her credit, James never loses her composure. She stays on course through the stuttering pulses of "Ungirthed" and hits angelic peaks for the raging waves of "Anemany." "Lofticries" aligns closer to '80s-styled synth-pop, with large blocks of keyboards rising at sharp angles. "Grandloves," featuring Young Magic, throws out a murky hip-hop groove. The synths of "Cartographist" hold down the bottom end, with James filling in the sparse atmospherics with alien harmonies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada's Purity Ring—i.e., singer Megan James and producer/instrumentalist Corin Roddick—pulls off something rather remarkable on its 2012 debut album. The duo takes chilly synths, arctic beats, and space-age vocals and warms them up. The music's mechanical edge is smoothed with melodies that recall the soothing nostalgia of long-passed love and pop songs. Roddick doesn't make it easy. As with vintage Daft Punk, his textures constantly shift—creating the sense that James is jumping from one quicksand patch to another. To her credit, James never loses her composure. She stays on course through the stuttering pulses of "Ungirthed" and hits angelic peaks for the raging waves of "Anemany." "Lofticries" aligns closer to '80s-styled synth-pop, with large blocks of keyboards rising at sharp angles. "Grandloves," featuring Young Magic, throws out a murky hip-hop groove. The synths of "Cartographist" hold down the bottom end, with James filling in the sparse atmospherics with alien harmonies.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

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1K Ratings

Amazing

memo1688

Purity brings a new, fresh, distinct sound to the music world. I love every piece of this ! I would not be surprised if these guys make it big!!!!!

speechless!!!!

kike0242

First of all, i want to say that i have been listening to electronic music for over 22 years to that present day, i know, i know i'm that old right!
Over those years i have discovered a lot of very amazing bands, and still play their cd's frequently, i have more than 4000 albums in my collection.
What purity ring has to offer is beyond words, absolutely amazing, a breath of fresh air in the music industry in general since i cannot put this canadian born based duo in any category that i can think of…….long live FLA by the way.
Just buy it and embrace it, it will take you on a very interesting musical journey…..trust me.

Incredible

sanya6

This band is the best, but even better live! Saw them at Nocturnal Wonderland. Lofticries rocks! Very unique electric sound. The echoes still resound in my mind! Saltkin is amazing too!

About Purity Ring

The chilly electro-pop project of Corin Roddick and Megan James, Purity Ring began when the two were in Canadian indie rock act Gobble Gobble (which later became Born Gold). While the band was on tour, Roddick and James grew increasingly inspired by the sounds of contemporary R&B and wanted to make music reflecting that. Their first song, "Ungirthed," arrived in January 2011 to critical acclaim, and Purity Ring eventually signed with 4AD Records. Shrines, the duo's debut album, was released in July 2012. The following year, Purity Ring collaborated with Danny Brown on the track "25 Bucks." After touring in support of Shrines, Roddick and James began making new music, this time working together in person in Edmonton instead of collaborating online as they had on their debut. The results were 2015's Another Eternity, a dynamic, streamlined set of songs featuring more revealing lyrics from James and Roddick's hip-hop-inspired production. Remixes of Mew, HEALTH, and Katy Perry tracks followed, and Purity Ring collaborated with the pop star on three songs from her 2017 album Witness. That July, the duo celebrated the fifth anniversary of Shrines' release by issuing the single "Asido" (pronounced "as I do"), which harked back to the body imagery of their debut album. ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
FORMED
2010

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