Pure Bathing Culture Moon Tides on LP + Download
It's a rare and beautiful thing when a band emerges fully formed, but it makes perfect sense in the case of guitarist Daniel Hindman and keyboardist Sarah Versprile's Pure Bathing Culture. Having backed folk rock revisionist Andy Cabic in Vetiver, the New Yorkers partnered up and moved west in 2011, settling in Portland, OR.
Building off their past experiences as musical collaborators, in a short time the duo have created a sound that is undeniably their own: soaring synths, chiming keyboards and shimmering electric guitars move in lockstep with bouncing drum machines. Sarah's crystalline voice floats on top of it all with divine purpose. It's a sound that looks back momentarily for inspiration - Talk Talk, Prefab Sprout, Cocteau Twins - but then fixes its gaze firmly on the present.
The album title Moon Tides alludes to self-discovery: “We are deeply inspired by the relationship between the moon and the tides. Particularly in the sense that the tides and the ocean are comprised of water and the element water is often associated with human emotion.” While these heady themes can be difficult to explore in a pop song, Pure Bathing Culture makes them feel effortless.
“Pendulum” is a perfect mid-tempo album opener that pulses and shines. Other standout tracks from the album - “Dream The Dare,” “Twins,” “Scotty” and “Golden Girl” - are slices of reverb-drenched, soulful, danceable electro-pop, that musically and lyrically tap into an introspective worship of the natural and psychic mysteries that surround us. Pure Bathing Culture’s debut album Moon Tides is optimistic modern music for souls who seek to explore the infinite.
"There's nothing reckless about the glassy acoustic guitars, immersive reverb and Versprille's incandescent vocals." - Pitchfork
"Damp, tempered, rosy bliss." - Nylon
Pure Bathing Culture Moon Tides Track Listing:
2. Dream The Dare
3. Ever Greener
5. Only The Lonely
7. Seven To One
8. Golden Girl
9. Temples of the Moon