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Shrines


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  • Audio CD (23 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad
  • ASIN: B0082CIVVI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Not the least remarkable thing about this Canadian duo’s utterly remarkable debut is the sense of its own world – self-contained, claustrophobic, intense – in which it has wrapped itself. For a band that have only been going since 2010, the coherence which sucks the listener in while never quite allowing them to fully decode each track’s intent is impressively achieved, oppressively apparent.

The song titles (Fineshrine, Grandloves, Belispeak, Lofticries) reformat words into new combinations that convey new, almost-tangible meanings and many of the lyrics, too, are semi-audible, half-caught amongst the futuristic synths’ pulse and crackle, just out of reach. Where they are discernible, they tell of an often grotesque physicality: “Cut open my sternum and pull my little ribs around you,” pleads vocalist Megan James on Fineshrine. Then, on, Belispeak: “Drill little holes into my eyelids.”

The unsettling nature of much of this content is wonderfully complemented by the music, a strongly synthesised counterpoint to the vocals, which switch between high, breathy, unearthly (Grandloves) and ingénue-like (the disturbing Shuck). Crawlersout’s lyrics are heavily treated, vocoder’d-and-Auto-Tuned, so deep and slow as to be (deliberately) almost inaudible. Elsewhere, Lofticries peters out to a near one-note drone by the song’s end.

The post-dubstep whomp of a low, slow, lazy bassline is present throughout, often punctuated by manic tape-played-backwards interludes, or with a raft of effects like Fineshrine’s curious “yipyipyip” vocalisations, Grandloves’ organ throb, or Ungirthed’s shimmering handclaps. Cartographist, at the album’s centre, represents (aptly) the band’s outer reaches, its backing groans and messed-with beats providing no easy route through.

But it is the more accessible moments that form Shrines’ highlights: the unavoidable sweetness of Ungirthed’s melody, or the shoegaze swirls that combine – somehow – with a dubstep-meets-RnB slink on Grandloves.

The temptation to draw comparisons with 4AD’s original conjurers of oblique mystique the Cocteau Twins is strong, but probably also unfair. Purity Ring have pulled off the feat of producing one of the year’s most arresting debuts – a Grimm Tales for the 2010s, shrouded in the illusory threads of contemporary club music – while sounding like no-one else but themselves.

--Greg Moffitt

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry on 18 May 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Amazing album, one of the most interesting albums of the last few years in my opinion.

READ THIS IF YOU PLAN TO BUY THE VINYL COPY:
The product page states that it is the "initial pressing on coloured vinyl". However, this is NOT TRUE. It is, in fact, the plain black vinyl. So be aware of this before ordering to avoid disappointment when it arrives. I have contacted Amazon customer services and they said they would change the product title but this was over a week ago and they still haven't. Other than that, the vinyl copy is great and gives even more depth to the sound.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 23 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
Megan James and Corin Roddick are almost certainly masters when it comes to jigsaws as their debut Shrines seems a disparate beast sewn together with the same obsessional levels of fractured logic as are demanded by the pastime. Woven into its every popping chop are the hallmarks of people who take as much pleasure in deconstruction as they do reassembly.

The R&B, compressed snare beats and cloud pop influences of "Fineshrine", for example, seem to have been cut apart by fast-turning blades and then put back together under the tutelage of fellow Montréalaise and practitioner of outré pop Grimes. And just like Claire Boucher, Purity Ring seem to be riding the crest of some svelte now-wave of mutant pop, evident even in the naming of their tracks where common spacing is rendered redundant.

Quite simply James and Roddick are sitting on a crossover smash with Shrines. Threatening like the credible rumour of quicksand at an idyllic beach, the calling cards of the umbrella genre that was for a while known as witch house are to be found in its every shadowy corner. Given the greatest licence to roam in this arena with its arpeggiating 808 rips and tinny skitters is the atmospheric "Amenamy". These same signatures are nevertheless present for the tender "Grandloves" - a track on which James is at her most intangible and Roddick proffers a digitally affected rap above drawn-out bass, scuffed FX and snapping percussion. If you didn't know better you'd be forgiven for thinking producer du jour Clams Casino had here been approved to remix any or all of the current R&B chart.

Shrines isn't all shiny cut-and-pasting though; it has a dark core too, which is in part thanks to Roddick's occultist production, but also thanks to devilish work by his counterfoil James.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. J. C. Garstang on 17 April 2013
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Excellent. So good I may fly to San Francisco to see them live... just to say in the future that I was there.
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Format: Vinyl
Purity Ring along with fellow Canadians Braids are producing some of the best electronic music around at the moment. Purity Ring consists of vocalist Megan James and the electronics of Corin Roddick. There sounds is dark, trippy helped by the post-dubstep wobble bass feel. I can see why one reviewer stated about sound quality - the constant bass that flips in and out makes the sound seem a little strange to the ears. Careful listening your ears get use to it and the drums, vocals are at a constant volume and it's mixed fine.

As per other review the vinyl is only normal black - possibly they were coloured on first batch (as a little edition) and even the cover has a sticker saying coloured but it's not true. Don't blame Amazon! The vinyl comes with a download code as you can add to ITunes and create a CD.
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Format: Audio CD
This album combines a really great mix of pulsating bass synth lines, twinkly synths and trap/hip-hop drum beats. I prefer to listen to this album on a really good speaker system/set of headphones , so make sure you have some decent headphones or a set of good speakers ;)
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Great elcectronica: dark and sweet in equal measure with beautiful soundscapes. A great pair with CHVRCHES.

However, the item I received was not on coloured vinyl as indicated in the description. Very disappointing and misleading when it comes down to choose the vinyl format. Very unprofessional on both parts (Amazon's and supplier's).
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Shrines is not your standard pop/indie/electronica crossover - didn't think I'd be writing that sentence for a while. Shrines plays to the offbeat musically,setting the finely fractured vocals on edge by relief - and it works extremely well. Most people in the UK are exposed to what I think is the strongest song on the album, 'Fineshrine' which was used on a clothing advert that is running from September.

One of the standout features of the album is the surprising viscerality of the lyrics. I found myself singing along to them and realising in a moment what I was actually singing, but it is frankly excellently refreshing to hear this kind of originality in pop music.

I think it is a rather Marmite album, but if you like it then you'll love it.
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Format: Vinyl
I love this album, and this band. Exactly what I wanted, and it's the teal marble variant! Shipping was extra fast as well. 5 stars, simply amazing
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