There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the release of this debut LP from Montreal electronic band Purity Ring. “Ungirthed”, the first track from the record, first popped up on the Internet back in January of 2011. Then, in August, came second, called “Belispeak”. The band was two for two when they signed with 4AD in April of 2012. Shortly after, they gave their debut a release date and gave us two more tracks, playing shows and hyping up the album across the country. Finally, we have Shrines, a full length effort from this much anticipated new face in the electronic scene. So how does the rest of it weigh up against their excellent singles? Chances are, if you’ve liked Purity Ring so far, Shrines will not disappoint in the slightest.
The creepy, spacey vibe that Purity Ring has carved for themselves is present throughout Shrines. They never really try to shake their energy up too much. Rather, Shrines is a complete exposition of the unique sound Purity Ring has created. We see it at its brightest with “Ungirthed” and “Belispeak” and at its darkest with live favorite “Cartographist”. Everywhere in between, Shrines is a fun mixture of electronic sound, Bjork-esque lyrics, and Lex Luger-style hip-hop beats.
Shrines is a strange but satisfying summer record. While the energy on the album may seem fairly homogenous throughout, the emotions found there change up quite frequently. “Ungirthed” will still have you dancing and singing along, but new tunes like “Grandloves” and “Amenamy” demand serious emotional response. At first listen, the lyrics may be a bit hard to discern, but if you take a second look, there is some gold there. Shrines is more rewarding each time you hit the repeat button in nearly every respect. It is out now on 4AD Records and you can grab it on CD and vinyl. Check back to their website for new tour dates and news.