Purity Ring

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This group is positively awe-inspiring. I got the opportunity to see Purity Ring live a couple of weeks ago during spring break. In short, it was one of the best musical experiences of my life. The instrumentation was absolutely professional, and the stage show was itself a masterpiece of visual expression. Those lights in the topmost picture? Those are actually instruments; Corin Roddick (pictured here) used these color-shifting, lamp-like arrangements as MIDI triggers, activating samples in real time using a pair of mallets (marimba players, rejoice). Megan James (directly above) provides remarkably poignant and cryptic lyrics, delivered hauntingly and with hearty helpings of digital manipulation (see: The Knife). I’m hoping for a very strong future for this particular group. Purity Ring has brought (and hopefully, will continue to bring) something undeniably beautiful and different to the genre of electronic music. We’re all anticipating a new release sometime near or on July 24th, but in the meantime, be sure to check out “Belispeak” below. They also have “Ungirthed” and “Lofticries” (both incredible) posted on their Tumblr and Soundcloud.

Onward, my friends!

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About to Blow Up: Purity Ring

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Last night, I went to a Neon Indian concert, which was great. But, the real breakout sensation of the show was the opener, Purity Ring. They put on a really impressive show, the crowd went wild, etc. It’s a little hard to imagine a track this electronic being interesting live, but the band had a weird light-bulb drum machine and a hypnotic charisma that sold their performance much more than Neon Indian. They don’t have an album out yet, but check out this track: