Pure Bathing Culture - Night Pass Colored Vinyl LP
Pure Bathing Culture Night Pass Colored Vinyl LP
Night Pass is Pure Bathing Culture's first original album since 2015 and a radiant demonstration of time dutifully spent between releases. It opens with an anthem of renewal, "Thin Growing Thing" – an intentional choice according to Sarah Versprille, who says, "We can't imagine a better lyric from the album to introduce a listener to what we are trying to say here. Love is something that has the potential to bond us all and where it's absent we should strive to create it." Night Pass emerged from emotional tumult.
The band had lost their label and their team in quick succession, causing them to turn inwards during the creation of this record – the duo's spirit of resilience beats like a heart through ten powerful tracks, persistence exploding into songs like "Devotion," a danceable canticle in praise of partnership.
Finding opportunity in the unknown, Pure Bathing Culture called upon friend and producer Tucker Martine (REM, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Spoon) to join their journey. His studio, became an oasis, a place of healing and of progress. This darker incandescence of collaborative survival gleams through "Moonrise," "Remember" and "Joyous Lake," the last of which provided Night Pass its title.
Musically, Pure Bathing Culture emanate an expertise in sounds supernatural and ethereal. Sarah ignites lines with a voice like sorcery, injecting each note with palpable energy. Daniel embraces his instruments as companions. His method is evident in "Ad Victoriam," where sounds interact like living, loving bodies, and in "All Night," where Sarah's voice seems to twirl each melodic layer as if by hand.
If Night Pass clarifies only one thing, it's that over the course of their Richard Swift-produced debut EP and the two beloved studio albums that followed, Versprille and Daniel Hindman have done more than establish a musical identity; they've honed a sonic virtue.
The album is a shining exhalation, beaming with electric intimacy and propelling Pure Bathing Culture into due triumph. The album closes with "Violet A Voyager," a softly resolving song that Daniel and Sarah always knew would come last, the first glimpse of violet on the horizon after the black of night.
Pure Bathing Culture Night Pass Track Listing:
1. Thin Growing Thing
4. Black Starling
5. Ad Victoriam
6. All Night
9. Joyous Lake
10. Violet a Voyager
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