Canadian duo Megan James and Corin Roddick, aka Purity Ring, will return with a second album, entitled another eternity on March 2nd.
Their breakthrough 2012 debut Shrines was in many ways a prescient suggestion of indie and popular music to come. The album earned the #1 spot on iTunes Electronic chart, Pitchfork ‘Best New Music’ laurels and praise from both sides of the Atlantic (New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NME).
While Shrines was composed remotely between Halifax and Montreal, another eternity marks the first time Megan and Corin were able to create a record in the same room. The pair ventured home to the frozen industrial landscapes of their birthplace Edmonton, Alberta to document much of what would become the album. Megan and Corin recorded and produced their follow-up themselves, as always.
With another eternity Purity Ring trade the claustrophobic atmospheres of Shrines for wide-open expanses of sound. Between the brooding anthem ‘begin again’, the infectious ‘bodyache’ and the time-suspending ‘stillness in woe’, the emotional geography of Another Eternity is wider than ever: gloomy valleys and gleaming peaks in equal measure. Megan James’ vocals are in sharper focus as she details her lyrical universe of “sweat and dreams” populated by sea castles, rattling spines and weeping drawers. Corin Roddick’s gift for evocative melody remains intact but his percussive skills and use of space have been refined and honed.
Hear another eternity track ‘begin again’ below: