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Pure Bathing Culture

Pray For Rain

America Canada The world of Pure Bathing Culture is not the real world it's a world filled with characters like Scotty and the bubble king and a place called the Ivory Coast that's not the real Ivory Coast It's also a world created for its protagonists Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman to travel to communicate abstract thought and remember all the things they want to remember it's a place where the night is magic and it will transform you In the humdrum everyday world the corporal version of Pure Bathing Culture has for the last few years been growing naturally and at a steady pace However new album 'Pray for Rain' sees them make an evolutionary leap taking their finely honed metaphysical pop to a new level You can hear it in the opening notes of their anthemic title track in Hindman's clean yet serpentine guitar lines interacting with the live rhythm section and Versprille's lucid vocals cutting through it all as she asks is it pleasure is it pain did you pray for rain You can hear it in the sweet pop perfection of 'Clover' and the trembling beauty of 'She Shakes' a story of two fantasy characters from different worlds being brought to an intense fragile state through the experience of falling in love The roots of Pure Bathing Culture stretch back to 1999 when Versprille and Hindman befriended one another on the first day of freshman orientation at William Patterson university in Wayne new jersey A decade later they became bandmates when they both joined Vetiver for their SubPop albums tight knit and the errant charm It was while playing in Vetiver that pure bathing culture emerged as its own entity When it came time to write and record the followup to last year's 'Moon Tides' the duo knew what they didn't want we didn't gravitate towards someone making indie dreampop records Dan said That was when producer John Congleton St Vincent Swans Angel Olsen the Walkmen reached out to the band and invited them to come record with him in his Dallas TX studio John pushed us to not make cliches to not play into the style of other bands Dan said the challenges came right away as Congleton pressed the group into unfamiliar and at times uncomfortable territory in the studio he tricked me with the guitars on the album Dan said we got the basic tracks down and he asked me to do scratch guitar and then john wouldn't let me go back and do the guitars again he refused to do any layering As a result everything on 'Pray for Rain' is pretty much as Pure Bathing Culture actually sounds all analog gear with virtually no plugins or effects added afterwards no hiding behind multiple layers there aren't a lot of tricks what you hear is naturally what's there Dan said It was a taxing yet ultimately rewarding experience when the album was completed it was shocking to hear what the finished product was sarah said it was like being in a vortex and then we came out with this record she adds with a laugh something John Congleton told her when all was said and done you were very brave 'Pray for Rain' is the sound of Pure Bathing Culture transforming from who they were to who they will be of finding their way ready to take steps both small and momentous on their musical path

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