TUNE Pure Bathing Culture - Palest Pearl
Pure Bathing Culture release new single "Palest Pearl" on 6 November via Memphis Industries, taken from their forthcoming album, Pray For Rain, out October 23.
The song is based on a poem by Hilda ‘H.D.’ Doolittle, an early 20th century writer and thinker. "Palest Pearl" is written in response to the fourth poem from 'The Walls Do Not Fall' - part of her Trilogy. The last stanza reads:
be indigestible, hard, ungiving
so that, living within,
you beget, self-out-of-self,
Singer Sarah Versprille explains, "The song is asking the question how far would you be willing to go to and what would you be wiling to lose? For us, there's duality in this theme in the sense that there are good and bad stories of how far people are willing to go in order to achieve their own 'pearl of greatest price'."
Pray For Rain is the band's second studio album and first with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, Angel Olsen, The Walkmen) at the helm. It is a big leap forward which one can hear from the opening notes of their anthemic title track: in Hindman's clean yet serpentine guitar lines interacting with the live rhythm section and Versprille's lucid vocals cutting through it all.
Pray for Rain is the sound of the group confidently taking a step up to the next level and finding their footing as a true band.
Versprille summarizes the Pray for Rain experience as one of "stepping into the realm of discovering who we are as a band and as songwriters," echoing a theme of the album itself, the process of change and transition. "You can find the best version of yourself in those hardest moments," she said.
Pray For Rain will be released October 23 on Partisan Records in the US (Memphis Industries in the EU). The band shared their first single, the title track "Pray For Rain," with Zane Lowe's flagship show on Beats1 and a deep-diving Q&A and stream on Interview Magazine. The "Pray for Rain" video recently premiered on The FADER.