Near the top of this electropop talent pyramid is Canadian duo Purity Ring, formed in 2010. Their only album so far, "Shrines" is a perfect example of how something of great depth can come from anywhere, even something connected to the word "pop"*. Along the same lines as another recent post, Purity Ring uses the pop genesis as a spring board for experimentation and humor. Like metric substitutions, PR plays with our preconceptions, both musically and lyrically.
Lines like "Get a little closer, let fold...Cut open my sternum, and pull my little ribs around you," and "I'm sick of this, you're sick of that, I'm not as dumb as that," punctuated with "my sacred pining whims, my sacred pining whims" give us an interesting blend of the expected ("get a little closer", "around you", "I'm sick of this") and the unusual ("Cut open my sternum", "my sacred pining whims"). In an artistic landscape where the word "heart" itself has practically become cliched, we find "I'll stake rare toothpicks in my dirt-filled heart". The lyrics here alternate between commonplace and sweet lines, to whimsically dark passages such as "They'll cover the hills with their sweet flesh and soft nails. They'll cover the doors with the screens that their minds disposed," and "Grandma, I've been unruly, in my dreams and with my speech. Drill little holes into my eyelids that I might see you when I sleep."
|"Shrines" album cover.|
All in all, a great album for anybody out there looking for something new.
*Attn. people from Idaho or wherever, please quit calling soda "pop", no one likes it.