It's been five years since Canadian electronic duo Purity Ring released their second album Another Eternity, but little has changed in terms of their overall sound and macabre lyrical themes now that they are here with album three: Womb.
Those breathy treble vocals are still centre-stage, though they've been transformed by a heavier use of vocal effects; that coupled with the expansive, dreamy sounds and lyrical repetition throughout gives the whole thing an echo chamber vibe - Womb really was an excellent choice of title for this record.
Rubyinsides opens the album with scattered synths and vocals so echoey they're virtually incomprehensible; but when you do hear them you'll find darkly beautiful poetry like "If I could, I would let you see through me / Hold our skin over the light to hold the heat / Flood the halls with ruby insides till we spill". The song feels kaleidoscopic, unstructured and, at times, unsettlingly jarring. We see this auditory disorder again in penultimate track Almanac, which is very similar in that the vocals and creepy lyrics are drowned by the big synths.
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We pick the hottest acts and the dig through the underground hype for you, the reader...
As the annual South by Southwest festival heats up over there in Austin, Texas, we’ve cast a jealous eye over the line-up and picked out five of some of the bigger names that you really should start queuing nice and early for and thrown in five hype bands for you, too, so you can get all hip with your friends, upon your return and start laying down all those “saw them first lines,” when they blow up next year.
First up, the acts that have already broken, that you really need to check out, or at least pretend that you did, if you were stuck in that queue for BBQ wings…
1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – their ‘Thrift Shop’ song really blew up, especially online, where they challenged Carly Rae Jepsen’s chart record for ‘Call Me Maybe.’ No one can predict whether or not Macklemore’s going to be a one hit wonder or whether he’s got more up his sleeve, he’s known for putting on a good show, and all six of their shows are likely to be rammed.
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