It's a rare and beautiful thing when a band emerges fully formed, but it makes perfect sense in the case of guitarist Daniel Hindman and keyboardist Sarah Versprille's Pure Bathing Culture, who today share single "Dream The Dare," the second single off their forthcoming full-length debut, Moon Tides, via Gorilla Vs Bear. This gorgeous slice of reverb-drenched, soulful, danceable electro-pop musically and lyrically taps into an introspective worship of the natural and psychic mysteries that surround us. Partisan Records will release Moon Tides on August 20th and the band will share songs from the forthcoming album on tour with Widowspeak this fall. The full list of tour dates is below.
Having backed folk rock revisionist Andy Cabic in Vetiver, the New Yorkers partnered up and moved West in 2011, settling in Portland, Oregon. Building off their past experiences as musical collaborators, in a short time the duo have created a sound that is undeniably their own: soaring synths, chiming keyboards, and shimmering electric guitars move in lockstep with bouncing drum machines. Sarah's crystalline voice floats on top of it all with divine purpose. It's a sound that looks back momentarily for inspiration -- Talk Talk, Prefab Sprout, Cocteau Twins -- but then fixes its gaze firmly on the present.
Further developing the sound of their acclaimed four song, self-titled 2012 EP, at the start of 2013 they set out to record Moon Tides, their first full length album. Again, they chose to work with producer Richard Swift at his National Freedom studio in rural Cottage Grove, Oregon. Throughout 2012 Swift had called on the duo to help him with other studio projects (Versprille sings on Foxygen's latest LP and Hindman adds his sprawling guitar work to Damien Jurado's excellent Marqopa), which only helped to cement the threesome's musical partnership. For Moon Tides they continued where the previous EP left off, bolstered by Swift's belief in the duo's artistic vision and their unique sound.
2. Dream The Dare
3. Ever Greener
5. Only Lonely Lovers
7. Seven to One
8. Golden Girl
9. Temples Of The Moon
7/28 - Seattle, WA - Neumos (w/ Dirty Projectors)
8/2 - 8/4 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
8/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's (w/ Alex Bleeker and the Freaks)
8/28 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
8/29 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10/10 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
10/12 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
10/13 - Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits*
10/14 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room*
10/15 - San Diego, CA - The Void*
10/16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
10/17 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place*
10/18 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel*
10/19 - Davis, CA - Sophia's Thai Kitchen*
10/21 - Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza*
10/22 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club*
10/24 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar*
10/25 - Boise, ID - Neurolux*
10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge*
10/27 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*
10/28 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown*
11/1 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch*
11/3 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore*
11/4 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House*
11/5 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear's*
11/6 - New Haven, CT - BAR*
11/8 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
*denotes w/ Widowspeak
Listen to 'Dream The Dare' here:
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