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Pure Bathing Culture

June 11 • 20th Century Theatre

By Reyan Ali · June 4th, 2013 · Sound Advice
soundadvice_pure_bathing_culture_photo_parker_fitzgeraldPhoto: Parker Fitzgerald
One of the most remarkable things about music — really, any artistic medium — is the way styles can coalesce and mutate into new ideas and then mutate again (and so on) until the end of infinity. In a recent niche example, take the merging of Indie Pop with New Age. 

Upstart two-piece (and, when live, four-piece) Pure Bathing Culture — led by old friends, romantic partners and Vetiver members Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman — filled the genre box on its Facebook page with “New Age/Slow Dance/Adult Contemporary/Spiritual.” Though it could be a joke on the band's part, the connection makes sense. 

“Pendulum” — a track off PBC's debut full-length Moon Tides — has the pretty reverb and general je ne sais quoi of an Indie Pop song, but its soothing lyrics about swinging like a pendulum and downbeat, sunset-on-a-beach vibe also reflect the band potentially using New Age as a legit influence.

By the time of Moon Tides’ release in late August, when the band leaders are doing the press rounds, hopefully someone will think to ask about this link and close the case for good. 



PURE BATHING CULTURE plays Tuesday, June 11 with Father John Misty at 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.




 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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