I first caught wind of Portland, Oregon’s Pure Bathing Culture through an Octopus Windmill post back in June, and was reminded of the two-piece through yesterday’s post on My Old Kentucky Blog. The duo is comprised of Vetiver guitarist and keyboardist Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille, respectively. The group is set to release its debut, self-titled EP on November 19 via London record label Memphis Industries.
I’ve long been a fan of Vetiver‘s work, and my excitement over this new side project doubled upon the discovery that Richard Swift had taken the band under his wing. The multi-instrumentalist, producer and personal hero has maintained a busy schedule in 2012: engineering Jessie Baylin’s Little Spark and Pleasure Center EP, gigging on keys with The Shins, and guiding The Mynabirds’ ship on Generals. Swift served as producer on the four tracks that will make up the Pure Bathing Culture EP.
Under Swift’s tutelage, Pure Bathing Culture has churned out a handful of 80s-infused pop gems. The dreaminess of PBC’s Miami Vice backdrop makes it easy to overlook the seriousness of the lyrical content. The band’s most recent single “Gainesville” deals with the death of a friend in a motorcycle accident in Peru. The strength of the band’s stripped down performance of debut single “Ivory Coast” in the Beardy Session underscores the fact that this material will hold up in any setting. Compare and contrast the video with the studio rendition below.
Written by Rob Peoni
The Sub Pop indie folk gang Vetiver just released their fifth full-length musical joyride The Errant Charm. A mix of slow, mellow jams intertwined with heavy power-hitters like “Ride Ride Ride” make their latest release a sampler platter of delight. Front man, Andy Cabic delivers a melting pot of vocal pride. Growing up in Virginia and traveling to school in North Carolina to form band The Raymond Brake helps display his southern soul.
San Francisco serves as Vetiver’s current home base, and has helped to evolve their original sound. It is easy to see new neighborhood influences like The Oh Sees peppered throughout this release. The best moment of the album for me is the folky, surf pop treat “Wonder Why” The crew savors this moment by their slow moving glowing introductory guitar lick.
“Short dollars, I’m spendin’, my piece of mind / tell me, when is this whole world gonna treat me/ me kind”
Written by Brett McGrath