Portland BTW alumni Pure Bathing Culture will return this fall with Pray For Rain, the follow-up to 2013 debut Moon Tides. The new album is preceded today by its title track, which adds new oomph to the duo’s crystalline transcendental yacht-pop. It’s still recognizable as the band behind “Pendulum,” but there’s a brisk uptempo drum programming, and both the synths and the guitars pulsate with new urgency and rawness. It reminds me of the way My Bloody Valentine’s sound jolted into a new gear on Loveless closer “Soon.” Speaking with Interview, Sarah Versprille credited producer John Congleton for the shift toward the visceral:
John was demanding in our abandonment of clichés. The songs aren’t covered up by a production concept [like they were on Moon Tides]… It was hard and uncomfortable for us plenty of times. It changed us, and the way we think about our music. It was much more of a passage between places than an arrival.
Hear the charming results of those changes below.
Pray For Rain tracklist:
01 “The Tower”
02 “Pray For Rain”
03 “Palest Pearl”
05 “Darling, Save Us”
07 “She Shakes”
08 “Maximillian’s Ring”
09 “I Trace Your Symbol”
10 “In The Night, In The Peaceful Night”