Purity Ring are a Halifax / Montreal-based duo comprised of Corin Roddick and Megan James. Their debut album ‘Shrines’ will be released on 4AD. Purity Ring make lullabies for the club, drawing equally from airy 90s R&B, lush
dream pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of modern hip hop. Megan’s remarkable voice is at once ecstatic and ethereal, soaring joyfully through Corin’s carefully chopped beats, trembling synths, and skewed vocal samples.
Every element of Purity Ring’s live presence has been carefully considered, from the clothes they wear (all designed and handmade by expert stitcher Megan) to the tactile, hybrid musical instrument / lighting machine that Corin built himself. The resulting spectacle can’t be overstated; infectious vocal leads chopped and screwed improvisationally, synth leads and lighting triggered live with a drummer’s precision.
Purity Ring’s performance is a lived synaesthesia that transcends the pitfalls often associated with live electronic-based music. Of course, perhaps the most exciting thing about Purity Ring is the overriding sense that these live performance
innovations and their exceptional debut Shrines are merely the beginning of a collaboration whose remarkable chemistry is sure to bear much more to come – future pop, in every sense of the phrase. Initial copies of the LP format includes free CD and is pressed on marbled blue vinyl.