Electronic music is becoming more popular these days, thanks to artists like Skrillex and Passion Pit. They have virtually opened the door for many other sub genres of electronica to be exposed to the musical world. One of the bands seeking that exposure is the Witch House, Canadian duo Purity Ring. Comprised of Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (production) the band’s career exploded after they posted a song to YouTube.
Their premier release “Ungirthed,” went viral. The reason people liked it so much was because they had never heard anything like it. It has the drum machine elements of hip hop, synth heavy chording, and with Meg’s pitch they edited ghost-like vocals. To put it in other words, the music almost sounds mystical in a woodland, witch-crafty kind of way. This makes sense since Purity Ring comes from a genre called Witch House.
Their debut album “Shrine” is as flawless and captivating as “Ungirthed.” Each song keeps true to that unique sound that only they are capable of creating, and believe me I have tried to find another band like them. The album is one that you can listen to the whole way through because it feels like each song is almost the next chapter in a story.
The first song that really stood out when I first listened to this album was “Fineshrine.” Meg’s obscure lyrics such as, “Over the rocky cliffs that you leap, To peer over and not forget what feet are, Splitting threads of thunder over me,” mixed with the hypnotizing, dream-like beats, made me want to listen to it on repeat.
Another outstanding song is “Grandloves” which throws in some variation by featuring the band Young Magic, who almost raps between Meg’s choruses. All and all, this album is flawless and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something new and different. So give it a listen. You won’t be disappointed.