Up until now, Purity Ring has only released five songs online. But like any group worth its weight in online buzz, the duo has already topped lists of bands to watch and albums to look forward to. After listening to those tracks, it is easy to see why there is so much intrigue surrounding them: They are otherworldly. The songs literally sound like they are from another planet, a universe most of us don’t have access to.
First of all, most of the song titles are not actually words. “Belispeak” and “Fineshrine” combine two words into one, giving you a sense of pause when you hear the lyrics “for when my little belly speaks” or “build a fine shrine in me.” Adding to the mystery are the deep, dark, looming synths that hover above you and hit you in the gut at the same time. It’s a soundtrack to outer space. Even in their live shows, instrumentalist Corin Roddick plays a never-before-scene arrangement of pipes, a metal tree with lights on the ends that reinforces that this band is something alien.
The lyrics, written by singer Megan James and originally not intended to be released, are as fantastical as the synths. They are dark and creepy when read, but James’s sweet voice makes the frightening place in which they exist look appealing. Her child-like voice tricks you into thinking you’re following her into a safe, enchanting forest, when in fact she’s leading you down a darkened rabbit hole.
In “Belispeak,” the heaviest track on the record, James’s voice is cut up to create a tittering, bouncy sound and positioned opposite the huge, booming bass. The synths are so smooth sounding that after a few moments they begin to lull you but not into sleep. This is way too dark of a place for sleep; it seems more like hypnosis.