Purity Ring have always found home in the spaces where light and dark compete, Megan James’ voice scraping up against glittery yet rumbling electronics, managing to take the warmth of the body and adding an icy touch as though frozen in time. ‘graves’, though, feels much more straightforward - by their standards at least. “Meet me where the hours bend,” she sings on ‘neverend’, as though the only place she can reunite with a lost love is in dreams, where time has no meaning. The twinkling mobile of ‘watersong’ into the quiet, Ryuichi Sakamoto-esque lullaby of ‘xsalt’ only takes us deeper into this world of sleep. But the EP’s title track, with its anthemic EDM that harks back to 2015’s ‘Another Eternity’, feels out of place. Times have changed. The downtempo, electronic boom has been and gone. But they have something that lets them defy that: Megan. Where the duo’s beats might sometimes feel like scraps from the cutting room floor, her voice is enough to deliver even the wonkiest lines with gusto. Cold and detached but with enough of a punch to render emotions in 4K, ‘graves’ may not be a huge musical departure, but it’s a sign Purity Ring still have ideas left in them yet.
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