Purity Ring - 'Another Eternity'

by Jon Simmons
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on 02 March 2015 in Albums & EPs
Record Label 4AD
Rating 4/10

The devil got depressed. How? He put on Purity Ring’s latest full-length release, Another Eternity. Canada’s electro duo Megan James and Corin Roddick are back with a sophomore effort after their 2012 debut, Shrines. If you’re in a fine mood, don’t listen to Purity Ring’s second album. If you’d like to wallow, proceed. Unlike Shrines each song on Another Eternity follows a similarly crawling pace from beginning to end. There is no head-nodding track like 'Fineshrine' or 'Belispeak' to break the tepid tenor, inciting a desire to find something to dance to. A dense, synth-driven smog fills the soundscape, bearing lyrics like “Your body would shake / You feared a lonely death / Like a lake / Leaves you alone in her depths.” The listener hears a brief change of pace on 'Flood on the Floor' with jumpy synths carrying the hook. The autotune on 'Repetition' twinkles unexpectedly—a gulp of warm, cheap vodka when you’re expecting cool water. Piano on 'Sea Castle' is a welcome reprieve from synths, but the song soon relapses and recoils into the synth-smog like a drunk to his bottle. The album draws to a finish. Unlatch the door to your doomsday bunker and step outside. Nothing left to do now than search for signs of life.

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