pure bathing culture are gearing up for the release of their sophomore album pray for rain, out october 23rd via partisan records. the portland duo shared the album’s confident title track towards the end of this past july, and earlier this week they offered up its second single. “palest pearl” finds pure bathing culture diving headlong into the 1980s, fixing a buoyant melody atop a cautionary lyrical tale derived from a seminal h.d. poem. the track is as gargantuan as its predecessor, at least in comparison to the more subdued approach the duo took on their debut moon tides; at this rate, pray for rain could easily be this fall’s most-underrated pop album. take a listen to “palest pearl” below.
portland duo pure bathing culture impressed with their 2013 debut moon tides, an effervescent body of work that straddled a line between contemporaries like beach house and tennis. the pair are back with their sophomore effort, pray for rain, out october 23rd via partisan records. the album’s title track was teased as its lead single last week, and it has a newfound momentum that needs to be reckoned with. pure bathing culture still retains a slight balearic aura, but it seems as if they’re progressing strongly towards becoming a formidable pop band. listen to “pray for rain” below.