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4.0 out of 5 stars No sex please, we're indie, 4 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Shrines (Audio CD)
Skittering beats, ethereal vocals and fat, throbbing bass that threatens to knock your vintage cat's eye glasses right off the bridge of your nose. Yep, modern R&B has finally infiltrated the sensitive feminist vegan market and this time it's not about doing it all night (unless it's re-reading Dorothy Parker's "Death and Taxes") or making it with anyone (unless it's a group knitting ethical but punk rock balaclavas in support of Pussy Riot) or anything that might actually get you hot and bothered from the neck down at all. Okay, truth is, the XX kicked off this particularly sexless/bloodless genre of electronica a few years back and the aptly-named Purity Ring merely elaborate on it in a similar vein. Playful sideswipes aside, this Montreal duo do actually build upon the aforementioned XX template and, whereas their debut album often left you feeling that actually less was less and the songs might somehow manage to create an audible event horizon and disappear completely, the tracks on offer on "Shrines" throb and pulsate (albeit tastefully) and grow with each listen. The song titles themselves are predictably twee and somewhat abstract: `Belispeak', `Obedear', `Saltkin' and `Lofticries'. Arch to the point of being almost impenetrable and, for all their malapropian pretension, sounding like something belonging to the world of My Little Pony or, as you often suspect, C86 reverence. Similarly, the lyrics don't bear too much close scrutiny either. As far as debuts go, while not being the most original or innovative album this year, "Shrines" does feel like a laser-guided blast of cool air and one that doesn't overstay its welcome; brevity too often being the first victim in an age where an album is no longer bound to the confines of a physical format. You could be forgiven for thinking that this was all part of a burgeoning movement with Grimes, Chairlift, AlunaGeorge and EMA all throwing the same downbeat electronic shapes. Can we start calling it Ladytronica now please?
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