The Second Coming of Purity Ring

The Second Coming of Purity Ring

WOMB delivers a complex spiritual reflection for today’s distant world

Purity Ring's WOMB (album cover)
Purity Ring’s WOMB (album cover)

The electro-pop band, Purity Ring, might not be a household name, partly because the two-member act’s overwhelming sound and often gory lyrics don’t subscribe to the modern majority’s palette of musical taste. But, after a five-year hiatus since their sophomore album Another Eternity, writer/vocalist Megan James and instrumentalist/producer Corin Roddick have returned with a typically dense, but timely message.

It’s not lost on James that the last time the world heard from Purity Ring was just before it changed for the worst in the eyes of many. “2015 was the end,” she declared (probably only half-jokingly).

Now, it seems like 2020 might be the actual end.

Measures to halt the spread of Covid-19 have led to the shuttering of much of society, forcing vast swathes of the population to shelter inside their homesexasperating healthcare services, and bringing millions of small businesses, families, and “non-essential” workers to the brink of economic ruin. Governments seem hapless and incompetent in the face of the pandemic. More poignantly, individuals cut off from their usual networks of support and social engagement are struggling to cope with self-isolation.

It is in this environment that Purity Ring offers WOMB, an album which the label describes as one that “chronicles a quest for comfort and the search for a resting place in a world where so much is beyond our control.” Sonically, WOMB might appear to be the completion of a Purity Ring trilogy, but it’s a revelatory departure from their debut album, Shrines (2012), which was cryptic, heady, and indiscernible, as well as Another Eternity, which had more crowd-pleasing offerings without sacrificing the act’s ground-breaking sound nor its lyrical uniqueness. WOMB is something new. Something different. It is the second coming of Purity Ring, and this time their promise of solace is only a cover.

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