Portland Band To Watch alumni Pure Bathing Culture released their John Congleton-produced sophomore album Pray For Rain last year. Today, we’re premiering the duo’s dreamy cover of Elton John’s “Sacrifice,” shared in anticipation of their upcoming performances with fellow Pacific Northwesterners Death Cab For Cutie. Sarah Versprille’s full-bodied vocals sound more convinced of the strength of marital union than Elton’s did back in 1989, and the music’s patient echoes, ebbs, and flows pull at heartstrings with pure emotional heft. “And it’s no sacrifice/ Just a simple word/ It’s two hearts living/ In two separate worlds,” Versprille sings rapturously, embodying the spirit of Elton’s original, but with the mystic immediacy of Beach House and Lower Dens. Listen and check out the band’s tour dates below.
03/09 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
03/11 Phoenix, AZ @ VIVA PHX Festival
03/16 Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre*
03/17 Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea*
03/18 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
03/19 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
03/23 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/24 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
* w/ Death Cab For Cutie
Pray For Rain is out now via Partisan Records.