Artist of the week: Purity Ring

Posted on January 1, 2012 by

Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Purity Ring, an electro duo from Canada.

Purity rings, also known as abstinence rings, took off in the US in the 1990s and are worn as a sign of chastity by Christians who are saving themselves for marriage. I am not sure what this has to do with this Canadian hipster-chic electro duo, but I don’t really care because they make my ears happy, and they’ll do the same for you. Plus they have a killer live show, and they’ve already won the hearts of fans at music festivals all around the world.

Origins: Edmonton, Alberta

Band members: Megan James (vocals), Corin Roddick (instrumentals)

Known for: Corin’s carefully chopped beats and Megan’s ethereal beats

Used in a sentence: Dream pop, 90s R&B and modern day hip-hop are all combined to make Purity Ring’s unique sound.

File next to: Niki and the Dove, Adult

Download now: “Lofticries”

Five fun facts:

1. Megan is trained in piano and Corin plays the drums

2. During live shows Corin uses a custom made tree-shaped instrument for sound and lighting that he built himself

3. Now they are based in Halifax/Montreal

4. Megan makes the clothes the band wears during their live shows

5. Megan is 24 and Corin is 21


2010 Megan and Corin formed Purity Ring
2012 They were signed by media company 4AD and Last Gang Records
2012 They release their debut album Shrines
2012 The duo released their first video for “Lofticries”

Notable lyrics:


Green, green thunder and the/Loud, loud rain/Lead our woes asunder/’Neath the proud, proud veins/Of trains let bleed the gunmen of our/Pumping earthly hearts/Wean or joys and plunder/Peel our shining teeth/Bid our hold on happiness/Beat weighty tests with lofty cries/Lofty cries with trembling thighs/Weepy chests with weepy sighs/Weepy skin with trembling thighs

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