Purity Ring Sticks to Signature, Of Montreal Goes Nuts On New Albums

Of Montreal's Aureate Gloom released this Tuesday on Polyvinyl Records.

Of Montreal’s Aureate Gloom released this Tuesday on Polyvinyl Records.

You changed. I changed. We both fell down. Think of this as my version of “London Bridges” for sad and soon-to-be single adults.

The concept of change is integral to relationships, in both how we connect with our significant other and artists we adore. Accept each other’s changes and your relationship grows. Fail to do so and the relationship will disintegrate at best, implode at worst.

At one point in the mid-2000s Athens, Ga., based Of Montreal captured my fancy with its catchy, glittery dance funk. The band focused its attention on excess in recent years, both in studio releases and its outlandish live shows. This week the band released its new album Aureate Gloom, a record that finds frontman Kevin Barnes wallowing in the grief of his split from his wife. The fragmented sonic palettes that serve as jarring reminders of Barnes’ unhealthy state provide a sneak peek into the attention spans of humans in the 26th century. You can read my full review of this record here.

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Purity Ring's Another Eternity released this Tuesday on 4AD.

Purity Ring’s Another Eternity released this Tuesday on 4AD.

Canadian electropop duo Purity Ring also explores the hangovers associated with love misplaced on its new album, Another Eternity. It does so in a fashion that will prove familiar to listeners who enjoyed their debut, Shrines, featuring the twee vocals of Megan James set against the dark, dense electronic clatter of Corin Roddick. This lack of evolution between records is my chief criticism of Another Eternity, although this latest batch of songs, while similar to its predecessor, constitutes another strong effort. You can read my full review of this record here.

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