PURITY RING: Shrines
“Cut open my sternum and pull/my little ribs around you," Megan James intones with sweet and heartfelt warble. And lives there a man, woman or small furball dog you can’t tell one end from the other who could resist such an invitation? If so, wouldn’t want to be that especially as this is but one facet of the many diamonds in Purity Ring’s setting.
The Edmonton-born electro freak rock oddballs, featuring James’ vocalising while Corin Roddick plays an instrument shaped like a tree of lights, on relocating to Montreal found a sympathetic environment for their eccentric, highly textured style of music.
On Shrines, Purity Ring’s muchly hyped major label debut, the duo do not disappoint. PR sounds settled into its groove, making it easier to step out experimentally via wordmangling lyrics and lurching, woozy, vaguely familiar pop melodies. James drops some impressive lyrical changeups that woujld have wowed James Joyce, only hinted at in song titles such as “Belispeak”, “Lofticries” and “Obedear” which clearly set her head and creamy shoulders above the rest of the freak pop field.
Of interset too is that many of these tunes carry enough triggers to make the transition to club bangers, making for a potentially grabby live show.
Meantime, slap on the headphones, get down with Purity Ring’s death disco for bolgheads and get reaccquainted with your sense of wow wonder.
Shrines drops July 24 with a cross-country tour already in progress.