Pure Bathing Culture
On its Facebook page, Pure Bathing Culture tags itself as “New Age/Blue Eyed Soul/Love Songs.” The latter two thirds of that descriptor are OK, but I’d clip the “New Age” reference. New Age has typically been viewed as aural wallpaper, a musical decorating choice. In PBC’s case, Sarah Versprille’s voice is pretty but emotionally engaging, and it draws listeners in and holds them tight, while the band envelopes with a comforting melodicism but also intrigues with texture, dynamism and delicacy (New Age is all nuance). If you have even the slightest affinity for gorgeous and finely constructed Pop that enlightens while it embraces, Pure Bathing Culture is your stereo cup of Earl Grey tea.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The Go-Gos as produced by Tears for Fears. And I didn’t mention Portlandia once … damn. (BB)