Previously, we’ve heard the title track and “Palest Pearl” off Pure Bathing Culture’s upcoming sophomore album Pray For Rain, and now the whole thing is streaming courtesy of The Guardian. The dream-pop duo — comprising keyboardist and vocalist Sarah Versprille and guitarist Daniel Hindman — worked with John Congleton on this record, hoping to keep Pray For Rain aligned with what made their sound stand out without fading into making generic dreamy music. Congleton has worked with artists like Explosions In The Sky, Angel Olsen, St. Vincent, and Sigur Rós. Hindman told The Guardian a bit about working with Congleton:
“[Congleton] pushed us to not make cliches, to not play into the style of other bands. He tricked me with the guitars on the album. We got the basic tracks down and he asked me to do scratch guitar and then [use] analog gear, with virtually no plug-ins or effects added afterwards, no hiding behind multiple layers. There aren’t a lot of tricks; what you hear is naturally what’s there.”
We also spoke with the band at length about Pray For Rain, an interview you can read while you stream the album below.
Pray For Rain is out 10/23 on Partisan Records.