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 Versprille’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, Oregon. 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 it 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.
"Versprille's lyrics somehow combine palatial Europe and cornpone Americana by getting deep into Ren Faire symbolism-- "You're the cat's eye/ You're the pendulum/ When the orator says it's your time/ You're the one." Those are the lines that her piercing vocals allow you to hear, but by the time it gets to the chorus, her words lapse into an amorphous, swooning gesture while the whole thing gets liquefied by wet reverb. Richard Swift produces it to feel like a sudden, sloppy tongue kiss and you appreciate how the words attempted to set the mood, but it was all prelude to the physical expression." -Pitchfork
Pure Bathing Culture’s debut album Moon Tides is optimistic modern music for souls who seek to explore the infinite.
Moon Tides was recorded at Richard Swifts fabled National Freedom studio in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
02. Dream the Dare
03. Ever Greener
05. Only Lonely Lovers
07. Seven to One
08. Golden Girl
09. Temples Of The Moon
Standard Black Vinyl LP includes Digital Download Card
Released August 20, 2013.