Like twilight sea waters, there’s a whole world that lurks beneath the shimmering surface of Pure Bathing Culture’s spectral pop just waiting to be explored. It’s a world where keyboardist Sarah Versprille’s crystalline vocals waltz with Daniel Hindman’s mewing guitar lines, where soaring synth lines dance around gentle drum machine rattles, where ‘80s pop influences – Cocteau Twins, Prefab Sprout, the Eurythmics, Everything But The Girl – meet gauzy West Coast mysticism. “New age symbolism and pretty much anything that has to do with humans making sense of why we’re all here is a deep muse for us,” says Hindman, The two form the heart of a band whose mesmerising sound doesn’t come around all too often. One listen to Moon Tides, their eagerly anticipated debut album, and you’ll be pleased you hitched a ride.
With fans including Father John Misty (who recently took the group out on tour), Damien Jurado (who enlisted Hindman’s hand on his excellent Marqopa release) and Foxygen (whose latest LP sees a cameo from Vesprille), Pure Bathing Culture’s debut is a sun-splashed gem that promises a huge future for the duo. Do yourself a favour and dive on in.