Purity Ring – Shrines [Review]


Is this the future of indie pop music coming out of Canada?
Let’s hope so since today is the day Purity Ring finally drops their long awaited debut album in Canada (Last Gang Records), USA & Europe (4AD)!
With all the buzz surrounding them, there is a high anticipation.
Funny that I pre-ordered Shrines on iTunes and I got the email from their people to listen to the album with a link to download it.
For those that don’t know them here is a blurb.
Halifax/Montreal-based duo comprised of Corin Roddick and Megan James.
Purity Ring make lullabies for the club, drawing equally from airy 90s R&B, lush dream pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of modern hip hop.
Megan’s remarkable voice is at once ecstatic and ethereal, soaring joyfully through Corin’s carefully chopped beats, trembling synths, and skewed vocal samples.


The band came onto the scene in 2011 when they released their first single Ungirthed.
They were CBC Radio 3‘s 25,000th artist to be added in their library.
Then things just snowballed since then when Belispeak, Lofticries and Fineshrine was released and the blogosphere went crazy.
Listening to the whole album, I feel like I’ve been transported to a futuristic dream land filled with cerebral beats and fluffy vocals.
Amazing tracks that will get you bouncing or booty shake on Ungirthed, Amenamy
While Grandloves reminded me of a The Weeknd song.
There are tracks that kind of gets abit dark in Cartographist.
Then you get moody and dream-like daze in Fineshrine, Saltkin, Obedear and Shuck.
Definitely a must get album in 2012.
If you get a chance to see them live, all I have to say is you won’t be disappointed.
Recommend if you like Grimes, Braids, Björk & Blue Hawaii.
Best tracks:

  • Crawlersout
  • Fineshrine

  • Ungirthed
  • Amenamy
  • Grandloves (feat. Young Magic)
  • Belispeak
  • Saltkin
  • Obedear

I’d give Shrines 10/10.
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