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Alternative & Indie - Released October 23, 2015 | PTKF

Pure Bathing Culture's debut album was a bewitching, home-cooked take on Cocteau Twins-style dream pop that cast a murky spell. Sarah Versprille's fluttering vocals and Daniel Hindman's warped layers of guitars were mixed to perfection by producer Richard Swift, resulting in a debut that was shockingly good and original. For the follow-up, the duo added members of their live band on drums and bass, and turned to producer John Congleton (who had worked with St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, and many others) for sonic guidance. Not too surprisingly, Pray for Rain loses some of the mystery and witchiness of the first record, instead streamlining their sound into something much poppier and more easily assimilated by the average modern pop listener. With drums that are more pronounced, hookier choruses, and arrangements that have more punch, the album is full of songs that will sound great coming out of the overhead speakers in a mall clothing store. The '80s pop-inspired "Palest Pearl" sounds like it could be played back to back with HAIM; the laid-back, strutting beats and vocal gymnastics of the title track would fit seamlessly next to Tegan & Sara on the soundtrack of an MTV show, and "I Trace Your Symbol" has big-hearted vocals and the kind of simple power that bands like Quarterflash in the '80s would have killed for. It makes for a big change from the insular, inward-looking approach of the debut, but once you get over the fact that the band have set their sights on bigger goals and don't sound weirdly spooky anymore, it gets easier to enjoy the album. The immediacy and catchiness of the songs are contagious, Versprille's vocals are impressively entrancing throughout, and though Hindman's style has been muted somewhat by the production, his guitar playing is still Twins-y enough to hit the nostalgia button dead-on. Another step further out of the reverb-heavy murk would have been one too many, and they definitely shouldn't hire Congleton again, but it works this time. They may not be the kind of band to curl up with on a rainy night anymore, but they make the leap to a poppier, more expansive sound with stylish grace and keep just enough of the mystery intact to stay interesting. ~ Tim Sendra
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 20, 2013 | PTKF

Listening to Pure Bathing Culture's debut album Moon Tides is like sinking deep into a dream that's soundtracked by a lo-fi version of the Cocteau Twins. The duo of Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman are firmly in debt to the brilliance of the Twins, building a sound that's all chorused guitars, clunky drum machines, and wintry female vocals, but also adding plenty of modern chillwave textures, a little frozen R&B, some nocturnal synth pop, and most importantly, writing some beautiful songs to go with the imaginatively weird sounds. Working with producer Richard Swift, the duo get a firm grip on the heartstrings right away and don't let go until the last shimmering notes of the record fade away. Each song gets deep into melancholy beauty as Versprille's voice soars and flutters gracefully over Hindman's glimmery guitars and the swelling synths. Swift fits all the pieces together perfectly and makes sure there's no stray junk cluttering up the simple but richly crafted arrangements. The songs flow from one to the next like raindrops gathering to form a stream; everything is of a piece and yet every song has its own identity thanks to the very strong melodies and the power of Versprille's voice. The bewitching "Pendulum" (which has a little Stevie Nicks mixed in) and the almost jaunty "Only Lonely Lovers" stand out from the pack as potential singles, but really any track here could be extracted from the whole and would make an impact. Taken as a whole though, Moon Tides is a fairly stunning record that makes you wonder why more bands haven't used the Cocteau Twins as an inspiration, since there's plenty of good stuff there to steal. Pure Bathing Culture borrows only the best elements from the Twins, then adds more than enough of their own style and vision to make Moon Tides a dreamy triumph that is both a great debut album and a tantalizing promise for the future. ~ Tim Sendra
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 22, 2019 | Infinite Companion

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 12, 2019 | Infinite Companion

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 12, 2019 | Infinite Companion