When Purity Ring released their debut album Shrines in 2012 (my favorite album that year) it took a defibrillator to the pop system. The duo’s use of synths, drum machine, and Megan James’ lyrics fell in the pop realm, but redirected the genre down a more experimental path. Now that bands like CHVRCHES have followed that path, the question became whether Purity Ring would push further towards the experimental. The answer, as demonstrated by another eternity, is that they will not. Rather than a defibrillator, another eternity is more of a thermostat, maintaining the sound of Shrines within certain parameters, and providing a very enjoyable, if safe, listen.Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun
A side project of Wooden Shjips’ Ripley Johnson (along with keyboardist Sanae Yamada), Moon Duo makes psychedelic rock in the vein of Spaceman 3. On Shadow of the Sun, the duo continues their exploration of drone, Krautrock, and all things spacey. This is music perfect for a long drive through the desert (especially if you’re headed to Burning Man) or on headphones while sitting in the dark.
As Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Aly Spaltro creates singer/songwriter music with a bit of a punk rock edge (think a less story-based and less sarcastic Courtney Barnett, her label mate on Mom + Pop). Much of After follows an interesting 90’s “loudQUIETloud” structure (exceptions include the acoustic, reflective “Sunday Shoes”) that takes the music outside much of today’s singer/songwriter fare and makes for a very good album.
An author and editor at MiG, Craig lives in Minnesota with his wife and son and is an attorney in his real life. Once upon a time Craig played the trumpet and spent four years in the Hawkeye Marching Band and pep band. These days Craig finds himself most often listening to experimental rock, hip hop, and post punk, but you can see everything he's listening to at: www.last.fm/user/cafreema Craig is not ashamed to admit the first concert he ever attended was New Kids on the Block.
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