As I get older, one of the many things I grapple with is the blurring of lines between musical genres. Kids these days have much more diverse record collections, and subsequently much of what young artists create is an amalgam of myriad influences.
Case in point are Canadian duo Purity Ring, who have only released four songs to date, yet have a much-anticipated debut, Shrines, due out on 4AD this July. On the surface, they have a dream pop, trip hop vibe with the ethereal vocals of Megan James. But the programming and chopped vocal effects of Corin Roddick add touches of hip hop and R&B that don’t readily compute in this old waver’s brain.
There’s so much in there to like, but I don’t know if I can get past the “over production.” Another example is “Lofticries,” which borrows footage in this unofficial video from the 1974 Swedish film Thriller: A Cruel Picture:
Intriguing for sure. Not sure I get it, but I desperately want to.