Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture Talks Art-Rock, Jazz and Dream-pop on Echoes Tonight.
Whatever you call them, don’t call them Dream Pop. But if you do, you’ll hear a sound to which most dream pop bands could aspire with Pure Bathing Culture. They are a duo of singer and keyboardist Sarah Versprille and guitarist Daniel Hindman who emerged out of the alt-folk group, Vetiver. On their debut album, Moon Tides they merge 60s girl group harmonies with 80s electro-pop in a music of deliriously joyful melodies, even when they’re singing about break-ups.
You can’t hear the voices of most dream pop singers two inches beyond the microphone, but Versprille has a more powerful voice because she listened to Ella Fitzgerald as much as Elizabeth Frazer. Hindman elicits a gorgeous tone from his processed electric guitar and cites a fairly obscure influence, Vini Reilly and The Durutti Column. (I’m still waiting for the Vini Reilly revival foretold by God in 24 Hour Party People.). Get in on the ground floor and find out about Pure Bathing Culture when they talk about their music tonight on Echoes.
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