The Buzz On: Pure Bathing Culture

The Buzz On: Pure Bathing Culture

We can’t stop buzzing about indie dream-pop duo Pure Bathing Culture.

Call me a romantic, but I definitely believe in true music love. And ever since “meeting” Portland dream-pop duo Pure Bathing Culture, I have been falling fast. Like, can’t eat, can’t sleep, feel-like-I-might-vomit-Woody-Allen-meets-Diane-Keaton L.U.R.V.E. And it’s not just because Pure Bathing Culture (aka guitarist Daniel Hindman and keyboardist Sarah Versprille) sound so pretty — because trust me, they really do (think Beach House meets Wild Nothing meets Fleetwood Mac), but it’s mostly because their lush, heartbreakingly earnest singles such as “Dream The Dare” and “Pendulum” stir up every movie-like, curious, yearning, spiritual emotion I’ve ever felt — and them some.

Listen to Pure Bathing Culture after the jump.

Hindman and Versprille have been writing music together since 2009, when they joined folk-pop outfit Vetiver on tour. The duo later released an elegant four-song self-titled EP in 2012. Now the pair are quietly prepping their forthcoming debut, Moon Tides, out Aug. 20 on Partisan Records, and judging by their current summer romance with high-cred indie outlets like Pitchfork and Stereogum, we have a strong feeling that this album is bound to make a splash.

Though each track on their EP is an audio pleasure (see “Gainesville,” an ominously moody cut that feels like a pensive walk through humid Florida), the real standout records show up on Moon Tides. The band’s stunning lead single, “Pendulum,” is spilling over with unfathomably lovely layered harmonies and tear-inducing minor-key guitar strokes, and is easily the band’s finest song to date.

Later, faster-paced, poppier tracks such as “Seven To One” and “Only Lonely Lovers” push Hindman and Versprille to new up-tempo limits, but their signature synths and mysterious, hazy vocals remain. (Hey, the moon might disappear behind the Earth every day, but it’s never gone for long.)

Dip your toe in below, check out the band’s upcoming tour dates, and immerse yourself in Pure Bathing Culture’s Moon Tides when it surfaces Aug. 20.

+ Listen to Pure Bathing Culture.

Photo credit: Partisan Records