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  • Vinyl (July 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B0082CIVYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Shrines is the debut album by Purity Ring, a Halifax/Montreal-based duo comprised of Corin Roddick and Megan James. Purity Ring make lullabies for the club, drawing equally from airy 90's 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.

Customer Reviews

Unique lyrics backed by a hip-hop beat.
Taylor C. White
Something about the lyrics is very visceral and romantic despite the almost childish sound on some of the songs.
Alex Brittain
Every single song on this album is really good.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jason Harrington on August 15, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
Not sure why my first review never got published...anyway, moving on...

If this album was released a few decades back, it would have been labeled "trip hop" and asked to open for Sneaker Pimps, Portishead, or Tricky. Although they would still make a great touring mate or featured vocal guest for those acts, so much has happened in music since then for Purity Ring to get inspired by, and yet their music harkens back to the creepy side of female new wave as well.

However, this is not an album designed to show range; Rather it's one built on a singular vision. It's not like Team Sleep either, where it's consistency is drawn from circling (or impersonating) a vague sub-genre. By comparison, Purity Ring make Team Sleep look like they are fishing for distinction. This is pure modern synth pop, but not the kind that is chasing behind a bandwagon.

The beats are a consistent blend of skittering trap music snares, wafting "witch house" atmospheres, and percussive bell tones that are distinct to this band (thanks to a custom MIDI sound/light controller they designed). Despite these comparisons, in no way do they bow to these trends, but at most maybe tip their hat to them.

The vocals have a ghost-like quality sort of like Grimes in that there is something cute (Pretty Girls Make Graves?) and angelic about them, but at the same time creepy and ghost-like (Portishead). This ghostly effect is really enhanced by the reoccurring anatomy theme in the lyrics. It's not just anatomy in a passive sense either, but each song seems to choose one body part (ribs, stomach, etc) and describe it in a manner as if it had a life of it's own and was advancing on the listener/antagonist or otherwise behaving unnaturally.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Taylor C. White on July 25, 2012
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Very airy, soothing, and sometimes slightly disturbing synth pop... It's extremely refreshing and new-feeling music. Unique lyrics backed by a hip-hop beat. Purity Ring was magic at first listen. Given their unique, future-pop style, I think it safe to say that they're not for everyone. But I beg you - give a few of their songs a listen, you may be very pleased that you chose to. My suggestions: Ungirthed, Crawlersout, Lofticries.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Niall on September 6, 2012
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I am about as qualified to critique electronic music--or whatever this is called--as I am to perform dentistry. My favorite genre is Americana and my idea of electronic music is Goldfrapp. I discovered this band through Facebook and was immediately captivated by the accessibility of their music. It seems to conjure up--and update--the best of the Erasure/DepecheMode/etc synthesizer bands into something new. All of the older, individually-released songs here are great and the new stuff is certainly up to par. Listening from start to finish can produce a sense of tedium, but all of these songs sound great on their own. As good as this release is, I was blown away by their live performance, which prompted me to write this review.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Chaisson on September 25, 2012
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I really wanted to like this album...the trip-hop atmosphere and the quirky lyrics are all great, and musically I think they're great. But I physically cannot listen to the entire album--the dubstep trickery of that reverse fade (the bWAH-bw-bWAH-bw-bw-bWAH bass lines you hear--well, you know what I mean) is so prevalent and up front in every single song that it bothers my ears. It's not often that music can do that to me, and I'm not saying the album's crap...which it's definitely not. It's just that they used the reverse fade SO MUCH in this album that it physically bothers me.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Clay S. on August 2, 2012
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I just wanted to express my enthusiasm for this record. I was instantly hooked and cannot stop listening to it. Go for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Gonzales on June 5, 2013
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No sound like it. Deep and full. Hollow and melodic. Runs the full gambit of ambient music. Buy it. Please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eyeonmalta on September 12, 2012
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Ever since the debut song "Ungirthed" came out I knew the full length would be good, but I had no idea how diverse and great this album is. The instrumentals from Corin Roddick, a member of the band Born Gold, pairs nicely, almost juxaposed to Megan James' vocals, which are as macabre as they are comforting.

I'll keep it simple, If you like the sounds of Crystal Castles, Flying Lotus, Grimes, The Weeknd, Joy Division, The Cure, James Blake, Fever Ray (the list can go on, but you probably get the idea) then buy this album immediately. while you are at it check out 4AD records, as they have one of, if not THE best new artsist line-ups.

"Shrines" or Grime's "Visions" is the best album of 2012.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By X on September 6, 2012
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This duo is absolutely fantastic. The lyrics are great and the beats that accompany them are just amazing. Turn up the bass!
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