Review: Shrines by Purity Ring

Shrines by Purity RingI wasn’t sure if I can review Purity Ring’s debut, Shrines, partly because I tend to tune out whenever I listen to a dance-influenced album. Thankfully, the debut from the Canadian duo is quite enchanting. It is intense – that familiar dubstep wobble permeates throughout – and yet it manages to be accessible. It’s sweet and ethereal, thanks to Megan James’ coo (particularly in “Shuck” and that slinky standout “Grandloves”) and yet underneath it is this sinister feel, like the ground will swallow you up after you’ve bounced around in glee or something. Shrines is twisted pop without the creep factor, which makes it more twisted than anything else. Perfect listening for rainy nights where the flood waters go up and the radio stations start talking about class suspensions. | 4/5

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