The Bowery Presents
Purity Ring

Purity Ring

Young Magic

Fri, January 11, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Webster Hall

New York, NY

$20.00

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This event is 18 and over

Purity Ring
Purity Ring
After sixty-five fortnights, Purity Ring have returned with their super-tight second album Another Eternity. The pair ventured home to the frozen industrial landscapes of their birthplace Edmonton, Alberta to document much of what was to become the album. For the first time, vocalist Megan James and producer Corin Roddick were able to create a record in the same room.

Purity Ring’s first album Shrines was recorded separately in Montreal and Halifax, where Corin and Megan were respectively living at the time. Despite being a thousand kilometers apart and barely talking, Shrines was a cohesive, beguiling and wholly unique universe of what the band called ‘Future Pop’. At the center of the amniotic swirl of Shrines was an undeniable nucleus of crystalline pop which presciently suggested both indie and popular music to come. Critics were psyched: ‘Best New Music’ from Pitchfork and praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR, among others. They quickly amassed a rabid fanbase, toured relentlessly and sold out shows worldwide.

On Another Eternity, Purity Ring trade the gorgeously claustrophobic atmospheres of Shrines for wide-open, muscular vistas of sound and luminous, up-front vocals. Crafting a lyrical universe of “sweat and dreams” populated by seacastles, rattling spines, and weeping drawers, Megan James wields concrete imagery and metaphor with increasingly direct, startling resonance. Corin Roddick’s gifts for evocative melody remain intact, but his drum work and use of space have been completely reforged: immaculately built and focused in service of the song.

“begin again” rouses Purity Ring’s brooding balladry into a sky-reaching anthem while retaining its distinctive shape. “bodyache” is the kind of devastatingly infectious single that their previous work only gestured at. “stillness in woe” features a frozen, manipulated piano, dovetailing with Megan’s time suspending narrative. “repetition” finds surreal, love-lorn lyricism soaring over delicately woven synths. The emotional geography of Another Eternity is wider than ever: gloomy valleys and gleaming peaks in even measure.

Though they are now working at a higher resolution, Purity Ring remain hands-on with every aspect of their project. As usual, the band produced and recorded Another Eternity entirely themselves. The pair worked to develop an innovative new live performance, and Megan designed the band’s onstage and video fashion.

Another Eternity revels in its upfront melody, clarity, and confidence. With every step forward they take, Purity Ring actualize their vision while sounding utterly and undeniably like themselves.
Young Magic
Young Magic
“Lush and Immersive…summons an elusive mood of longing within the sonic wonderment.” - NY Times

“Mesmerizing and dreamlike, Melt is an extraordinary release, seeking endless complexity and intrigue.” - Performer Magazine

“A cracking debut of invention and intrigue by this New York based trio. The best way to experience Melt is to sink into it shorn of expectations. Here, the listener can really let the bubbling melodies, chanted mantras and delicious textures take hold. Once bitten, it’s unlikely Melt will let go of one’s attentions soon. An exquisite new breed to behold.” - BBC

“Melt is the alternate universe you’ve been searching for. A stunning debut.”
The Music

“Some records are defined by the time and place of their creation, but Young Magic’s piecemeal approach has the opposite effect. It doesn’t sound like it came from a certain somewhere, but rather, everywhere. At once pulverizing and pristine, it’s an HD stunner.” - Pitchfork

Young Magic is the sonic pairing between Indonesian vocalist, Melati Malay and Australian producer, Isaac Emmanuel. Though based in New York, the eclectic outfit has recorded music whilst traversing the four corners of the earth.

After debuting a series of 7” releases on Carpakr Records in 2011, the band took the stage at Iceland Airwaves and began touring globally including main support for Youth Lagoon and Purity Ring. February 2012 saw the release of their full length, Melt with NPR, BBC, XLR8R, New York Times and a plethora of other publications and blogs singing the album’s praises. The group’s expansive live show continued to grow throughout 2012 and 2013 with performances at Berghain, Austin Psych Fest and The Brooklyn Museum. Remixes quickly surfaced online including cuts by Matthew David, S.Maharba & Purity Ring.

In 2014, the duo present a new gift from their explorations in their second full length album, Breathing Statues. The new LP navigates through a labyrinth of phantom harmonies and crystalline beats, with breathtaking cover artwork by longtime collaborator Leif Podhajsky. Recorded in fragments through Morocco, France, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland and finished in their home studio in New York, Breathing Statues is a lush and distinctive collection that colors the world a new soundscape.
Venue Information:
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.websterhall.com/