Bands that combine sparse electronic production with gauzy female vocals have become a dime a dozen, but one of the things that made Canadian duo Purity Ring so engaging on their 2012 debut Shrines was Megan James’ abstract poetic lyrics. “Fineshrine”, the best song from the record, is a case in point: “Get a little closer, let fold/ Cut open my sternum, and pull/ My little ribs around you/ The rungs of me be under, under you.” And that’s a love song. I think.
“begin again”, the first song from their upcoming follow up, Another Eternity, continues in that mold, with James waxing poetic over Corin Roddick’s vast production space-building.
“I’ve been watching you creep around my wandering feet/ trying for years to flee. I need not one thing more/ Oh wrap the ground around/ Your gentle winding mind/ Oh guard the pounding sound.”
Another Eternity will be out on 4AD on March 3rd.