Time to get back to business after our summer break and what better way to ease back into the groove of things than getting a double dose of awesomeness courtesy of Purity Ring and Cat Power.
"Shrines", the debut full length by newcomers Purity Ring, is by far the best new album I've listened to this summer and undoubtedly one of the most vital debuts of 2012. We'll definitely talk more about it in the coming weeks as it will certainly top our July-August album list - in the meantime, here's the video for one of its best tracks, "Fineshrine", as well as a recent episode of Pitchfork.tv's "+1" series where the band, siren-voiced singer Megan James and synth-wizard Corin Roddick, performs the track in the round at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge and talks about how they came together and more:
Purity Ring - Fineshrine
Purity Ring performs "Fineshrine" at Le Poisson Rouge
Meanwhile, the time is getting near for Cat Power's return with "Sun", Chan Marshall's first album of original material in six years. The first taste, the free mp3 of "Ruin" that came out in June, got us all hot and bothered and shot straight to the top of the list of our 30 favorite singles of the year so far. The second taste, the mp3 of "Cherokee" which you can get together with its remix from Nicolas Jaar by signing up to the mailing list here, is equally seductive and provides further indication that the "Sun" is going to shine particularly bright on September 3. Stream both "Cherokee" and its remix below, via Stereogum: